Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi remembers Andreotti, 'victim of leftist attacks'

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Rome, May 6 - Former premier Silvio Berlusconi
remembered seven-time premier Giulio Andreotti who died Monday,
calling him "a man of government who made Italian history" and a
victim of "an unjust battle" waged by the Italian left.
"The left carried out a battle against him unworthy of
civil society, based on demonizing the adversary and judicial
persecution - an ordeal that Andreotti overcame with dignity and
composure," said the center-right leader.
Berlusconi, who has long blamed allegedly leftist
magistrates for his ongoing legal troubles, was among the most
vocally outraged when Andreotti was given a 24-year jail term in
2002 for conspiracy to murder a muckraking journalist, Mino
Pecorelli, in 1979.
At the time Berlusconi described Andreotti as the victim of
a "judicial system gone crazy" and said the judiciary needed to
be taken apart and "reconstructed".
The State's highest appeals court in October 2003
overturned the murder verdict.

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