Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi party proposes slashing penalty for a mafia crime

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Rome, May 21 - A Senator for ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on Tuesday presented
a bill that would slash the punishment for a form of mafia
collusion.
The bill presented by PdL Senator Giacomo Caliendo to the
Upper House's justice committee would reduce the maximum
possible jail sentence for the crime of 'external involvement in
mafia association' to five years.
At the moment this crime can be punished with a jail
sentence of up to 12 years.
Marcello Dell'Utri, a former close aide of Berlusconi's and
a former PdL Senator, is appealing to the supreme Court of
Cassation against a seven-year conviction for this crime.
The bill would also remove the possibility of prison
sentences being handed to people found guilty of aiding people
involved in a mafia association if no financial advantage was
gained from this assistance.
The draft legislation would prevent prosecutors from
wiretapping the conversations of people suspected of doing this
too.
Dell'Utri is the former head of the media magnate's
advertising arm who is credited with creating the three-time
premier's first party, Forza Italia, in 1993, a year before it
swept to victory in general elections.

photo: Senator Giacomo Caliendo

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