Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Judges union warns against political reaction to decisions

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Rome, May 9 - Italy's National Magistrates
Association on Friday said that political reactions to "single
judicial decisions" are constituting a "dangerous
delegitimization of the role of the judiciary in our democracy".
On Wednesday, ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's four-year
sentence and ban from public office for five years was upheld by
a Milan appeals court, sparking outrage by members of his People
of Freedom (Pdl) party.
PdL House Whip Renato Brunetta called the ruling "a
disgusting outrage" motivated by politics.
Berlusconi, who heads the center-right PdL party which is
currently in government together with rival center-left
Democratic Party (PD), has been involved in a series of
high-profile legal cases in recent years, many of which saw new
developments in the past few weeks.
On Thursday, Naples prosecutors requested his indictment
over bribe allegations.
He is also on trial in Milan over accusations he paid for
sex with an underage Moroccan dancer.
He denies any wrongdoing and says this week's developments
are part of a campaign by left-wing magistrates who are
persecuting him for political reasons.
These comments were mirrored by senior PdL lawmaker
Fabrizio Cicchitto, who on Thursday said this week's Milan and
Naples decisions had political, as well as judicial, bias.
The center-right PdL has called for a demonstration in
Brescia on Saturday in support of Berlusconi and against the
judicial system that they allege is persecuting him.

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