Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi party moves to rejig justice system

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Rome, June 27 - Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party on Thursday filed an amendment to
a Constitutional reform bill to include the justice system, a
hot-button issue given the ex-premier's long-standing claim his
legal woes are due to politically motivated magistrates.
Justice was not initially among the areas of the
Constitution set to be reviewed as part of a streamlining of
government planned by Enrico Letta's left-right executive, in
which Berlusconi is the junior partner.
The PdL unexpectedly presented an amendment in the Senate to
include it.
PdL Senator Anna Maria Bernini was quick to try to allay
fears that the party, which has staged several demonstrations
against the judiciary, wants to bring Italy's independent
magistrates to heel.
She said any reform of the Constitution would entail looking
at how powers are balanced.
"We don't want a justice reform or a separation of careers,"
she claimed, referring to controversial restructuring attempted
in the past by Berlusconi but shelved because of judicial
strikes.
The three-time premier has several legal headaches including
convictions for using an underage prostitute and tax fraud at
his media empire.

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