Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Letta lauds Berlusconi's behavior after losing court battle

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Rome, June 21 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta said
Silvio Berlusconi's public statements had been "proper and
collaborative" after the ex-premier lost a battle this week at
the Constitutional Court.
Though, he added, "I imagine he's upset".
On Wednesday Berlusconi failed to convince judges to strike
down a four-year prison term and five-year ban from public
office for tax fraud on film rights at this Mediaset media
empire.
After the ruling, which he will appeal to the highest Court
of Cassation, Berlusconi promised the outcome would not affect
his support for the fragile left-right government, which
includes several key members of the media mogul's center-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party.
But he also called the ruling the latest example of a
"20-year attempt to eliminate me from political life," a charge
he has made repeatedly when judges have ruled against him, often
alleging a leftist plot.
Letta is a member of the center-left Democratic Party (PD),
but he is seen as a moderate, thanks in part to his uncle Gianni
Letta, Berlusconi's longtime right-hand man.
That relationship has been the subject of suspicion from
many of Berlusconi's detractors, such as
comedian-turned-politican Beppe Grillo, the leader of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which opposes Letta's
administration.
On Friday he called Letta "the most insignificant premier
since the end of World War II," and that the only thing left to
see was the premier "kissing the behind of Berlusconi to survive
as long as possible".

(photo: a 2006 picture of Silvio Berlusconi, left, shaking hands
with Enrico Letta)

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