Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Undersecretary threatens taking Berlusconi appeal to Europe


Rome, June 20 - An undersecretary in the Italian
government said Thursday she would turn to the European Court of
Justice over a ruling in Italy to reject ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's appeal to a fraud charge.
"Yesterday the basic principle of democracy, that is the
sincere cooperation between powers, failed. I will appeal, if
(Berlusconi) will give me the green light, to the Court of
Justice so that there can have a fair trial," Michaela
Biancofiore, undersecretary for public administration and
simplification, told Italian radio.
On Wednesday the Constitutional Court rejected the media
mogul's plea to overturn a conviction for tax fraud on film
rights at his Mediaset empire, which came with a four-year jail
sentence and a five-year ban from public office.
The ruling, which Berlusconi will appeal at the supreme
Court of Cassation, sparked fears that members of Berlusconi's
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party could act out to
upset the fragile left-right coalition government, headed by
Premier Enrico Letta of the center-left Democratic Party (PD).
"He cannot sleep tight," said Biancofiore, a PdL member.
She went on to criticize the Constitutional Court for its
system of taking on new magistrates, some of whom are nominated
by the magistrature itself, and others who are nominated by
"It's unthinkable that magistrates can be nominated by
politicians, especially those in high-ranking positions," she
said, echoing Berlusconi's long-running accusations that parts
of the Italian judiciary is politically motivated against him,
in this case and many other current and past ones.
"There is undoubtedly a network of judges who actually have
founded a virtual political party that went beyond public morals
and, not surprisingly, there are a lot of judges who took to
politics and who consider their robes their strength".

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