Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

PdL lashes out at Milan judges over Berlusconi legal woes


Rome, July 18 - The centre-right People of Freedom
(PdL) party on Thursday accused Milan judges of partisan bias in
their tax-fraud ruling against their leader, three-time premier
Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi's four-year term for inflating film-rights
purchases at his Mediaset media empire, cut to one for an
amnesty, as well as a five-year ban from public office was
upheld by an appeals court in May, and the supreme Cassation
Court will hear his appeal on July 30.
In a statement, the PdL said the series of trials was based
on "an accusation so absurd and laughable that, in the presence
of judges who are not totally compromised and non-partisan, (the
trials) would be over before they begin, with a great saving of
time for the judiciary and money for taxpayers".
In its estimate, the PdL said his Mediaset trials have cost
the State 20 million euros, "with the sole purpose of condemning
an ideological and political enemy, Silvio Berlusconi".
Berlusconi and his supporters have repeatedly accused
Italian judges of "political persecution," prompting implicit
rebuke from the judiciary's self-governing body and its titular
head Giorgio Napolitano, the Italian president.
The PdL has been particularly outraged over the Cassation's
decision to hear his case allegedly so soon at the end of this
month, supposedly depriving his legal team enough time to
The Cassation said it was forced to move on the case or
risk it timing out under the statute of limitations, something
that has happened a number of times in the media mogul's
previous legal entanglements.
PdL lawmakers have vowed to resign en masse if their
leader's ban from office is upheld.
The threats have added tension to an already unstable
coalition government, cobbled together from the center left and
center right after two months of post-election parliamentary
gridlock earlier this year.

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