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Berlusconi vows govt support after losing sex trial


Rome, June 26 - The Italian judiciary's
self-governing body spoke out Wednesday against accusations of
politically motivated judges following the conviction of Silvio
Berlusconi this week for paying for sex with an underage
prostitute and abusing his office as then premier in an attempt
to cover it up.
"The legitimate right to criticize court rulings must never
trespass the boundaries of respect for the judiciary," said the
CSM in a statement.
Berlusconi and his supporters, some of whom took to the
streets in protest, have repeated charges of political
persecution following a closely watched verdict Monday when
judges in Milan sentenced the three-time premier to seven years
in prison and banned him for life from holding public office,
rulings he will appeal.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano issued an appeal for
calm on Tuesday.
Napolitano, who is also the titular head of the CSM, called
for greater respect of all branches of the State.
"We must always respect and safeguard public institutions,
which are the bedrock of the life and development of a
democratic State and civil society worthy of the name," said
One day later, the president invited Berlusconi to a
private meeting as the accusations of judicial bias continued to
fly from the ex-premier and his supporters.
According to a statement from the president's office, the
two shared a robust exchange of opinions on the political
situation at hand.
Many have worried that the fragile stability of the
unprecedented left-right government was at risk over the
Berlusconi's legal woes.
But after Wednesday's meeting with Napolitano, Berlusconi
"confirmed his and his party's support for the government and
the work it must carry out," according to sources in the
president's office.

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