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PdL furious over Berlusconi speedy appeals trial


Rome, July 9 - Lawmakers and politicians belonging
to Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL) reacted
furiously on Tuesday to the supreme Cassation Court's speedy
scheduling of final appeals trial of the ex-premier's conviction
for fraud, which is to begin July 30.
The supreme court on Tuesday shocked the ex-premier's
defense lawyer and sparked outrage among the centre-right
leader's followers by scheduling the trial date on the same day
the appeal was filed - to begin in three weeks' time.
The appeal trial regards the media mogul's conviction on
tax-dodging through the manipulation of film rights for
Mediaset, a broadcasting company that is part of his family's
media empire.
Last month the Constitutional Court upheld a lower court
ruling sentencing Berlusconi to four years in prison and banning
him from public office for five years.
The sentence will not be enforced unless it is now upheld
by the supreme Cassation Court.
PdL Lower House Whip Renato Brunetta said, "Justice in our
country is becoming an uncontrollable monster that can not
remain hidden (behind official ordinances)".
PdL Senator and spokesperson Anna Maria Bernini called the
scheduling "simply incredible" and accused the court of an
"intent to brutally limit the opposing party and brutally
violate the rights of the defense".
"It is completely clear that the Italian centre-right, the
PdL, will not remain still and indifferent to such a slaughter
of democracy," Bernini added.
An ex-minister under Berlusconi, Mara Carfagna, said she
was "surprised and amazed at the speed with which the Cassation
Court scheduled the hearing".
"This choice enormously penalizes the defense which, as is
normal, counted on having the time to carry out an
investigation," Carfagna added.
"If justice was always this fast, we would have resolved a
large part of our problems," Carfagna said, commenting on the
notoriously slow pace of Italian justice in general.

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