Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

'Berlusconi not picked on' says Cassation Court


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Rome, July 10 - The president of the supreme
Cassation Court on Wednesday said that three-time premier Silvio
Berlusconi "was not picked on" in the decision to start appeal
hearings in a fraud case July 30.
"We were not Speedy Gonzales," said Giorgio Santacroce.
Supporters from the media mogul's center-right People of
Freedom (PdL) party were livid after the Cassation's decision
Tuesday to start hearings so soon in a case where the media
mogul is appealing a four-year jail term and a five-year ban
from office for tax-dodging at Mediaset, a broadcasting company
that is part of his family's media empire.
His lawyers have called the move "beyond logic," arguing
that it does not give them enough time to prepare, while the
Cassation insists the case risked timing out under the statute
of limitations.
One pro-Berlusconi daily, Il Giornale, called the court
"State bandits," echoing the premier's oft-made allegation of
left-wing judicial bias.
"We are used to language that does not belong in a
democracy," said Santacroce. "All are free to express their
opinions, but within reason".

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