Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian judges chide 'disrespect' after Berlusconi sentence

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Rome, June 26 - The Italian judiciary's
self-governing body on Wednesday spoke out 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 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
Napolitano.

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