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Minister Quagliariello rejects PdL justice reform attempt


Milan, June 28 - Italian Constitutional Reform
Minister Gaetano Quagliariello shot down the idea on Friday that
a constitutional amendment on justice could be included in a
reform bill in an interview with the daily newspaper Il
''No one is thinking of introducing constitutional reform on
the subject of the judiciary. The boundaries there, were put up
by parliament,'' Quagliariello told the Italian newspaper.
The minister admitted, however, ''it remains evident that
there's a problem with justice in Italy''.
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.
Democratic Party (PD) Chamber Deputy Matteo Orfini warned
the newspaper La Repubblica in an interview published Friday,
''No one can take action on justice. If someone tries, the
government falls''.
The rejection of justice reform was also reiterated by PD
Senate Caucus Leader Luigi Zanda, who told the newspaper La
Stampa that justice will remain outside of this legislature's
constitutional reforms.
Berlusconi has attempted controversial restructuring to the
judiciary in the past, which were shelved amidst judicial
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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