Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Senate committee to discuss turfing out Berlusconi


(see related story on Berlusconi)
Rome, August 7 - A Senate commission will meet
later on Wednesday to discuss whether to strip ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi, who had a tax-fraud conviction against him upheld by
the supreme court last week, of his status as Senator.
However, a vote on turfing the 76-year-old billionaire from
the Upper House is likely to be postponed until September.
Berlusconi risks being stripped of his parliamentary seat
even though a five-year ban on holding public that came with the
conviction has been sent back to the Milan appeals court for
Wednesday's meeting has been convened to discuss whether
Berlusconi in ineligible because of a 1957 law that bans people
holding public licences, like the ones the ex-premier has for
his TV channels, from being lawmakers.
But he could also be removed from parliament after the
fraud conviction because of a 2012 anti-corruption law, which
would probably make him ineligible to run in future elections
Some of his supporters have said the legislation should not
apply to the three-times premier as the original sentence
pre-dates the legislation.
Members of the commission belonging to the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) are expected to
petition for the vote on Berlusconi's Senator status to be held
at once on Wednesday.
But Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party and
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), who are partners in a
fractious, fragile coalition supporting Premier Enrico Letta's
government, are expected to back a postponement.
"I don't think it's possible to conclude things today,"
said PdL Senate whip Renato Schifani.
"There are rules and regulations that have to be

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