Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Magistrates appeal to minister over Berlusconi attacks

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Rome, May 15 - The magistrate members of the
Italian judiciary's self-governing body on Wednesday appealed to
Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri to defend judges from
attacks from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi had intensified his claims that he is the victim
of persecution from left-wing magistrates after his legal
problems grew more serious this month.
At the weekend Berlusconi spoke at a protest rally in
Brescia against alleged judicial persecution that was attended
by some members from his People of Freedom (PdL) who are also
ministers in Premier Enrico Letta's left-right government.
These included Deputy Premier and Interior Minister
Angelino Alfano.
"The justice minister should make her support for the whole
judiciary heard without any uncertainty," read a statement by
the members of Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) belonging to
magistrates association Unicost.
The CSM also features members nominated by political
parties.
"It is indispensable that there is maximum respect between
all the institutions," added the statement.
Berlusconi and the PdL's renewed attacks on some parts of
the judiciary come after a series of legal setbacks for the
three-time premier.
The 76-year-old failed on a bid to have a four-year
conviction for fraud at his media empire overturned by an
appeals court last week.
On Monday prosecutors requested he receive a six-year
prison sentence for allegedly paying for sex with an underage
prostitute and allegedly abusing his power to try to cover up
the affair.
On Tuesday Rome prosecutors questioned Berlusconi over
suspicions he paid 750,000 euros to buy the silence of people
regarding his alleged use of prostitutes.
In this he is believed to be the victim of extortion by
three former associates also he is probed in a related
investigation in Bari of suspicion of bribing people to lie
about his alleged sex parties.
In March Berlusconi was handed a one-year prison sentence
for the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap of a
telephone conversation of a political rival in his brother's
newspaper.
Last week Naples prosecutors requested the ex-premier be
sent to trial over allegations he bribed former Senator Sergio
De Gregorio to change political sides during Romano Prodi's
2006-2008 centre-left government.
Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing in all cases.

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