Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Defenders challenge M5S call to impeach Napolitano

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Rome, August 13 - Opponents of Italy's 5-Star
Movement (M5S) were quick to shout down a party suggestion
Tuesday to impeach Italian President Giorgio Napolitano should
he grant any sort of pardon to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi in
his current legal troubles.
Napolitano made a long-awaited response to clemency calls
Tuesday, noting that all definitive convictions must be executed
even though he would see if a pardon, if requested, was
possible.
Mario Giarrusso, a Senator with the maverick M5S led by
comedian Beppe Grillo, triggered the controversy when he wrote
on his Facebook page that Napolitano would be headed for serious
trouble if he granted amnesty to Berlusconi, whose conviction
for tax fraud was upheld last week by Italy's highest appeals
court.
Not surprisingly, supporters of Berlusconi within his
People of Freedom (PdL) party were quick and harsh in their
condemnation of the M5S suggestion.
Mariastella Gelmini, deputy leader of the PDL in the Lower
House, called it an extension of the relentless persecution that
Berlusconi, Italy's wealthiest man, has long claimed to have
suffered through the judicial system.
"We are confident that Napolitano will not be intimidated
by those whose only goal in life is to eliminate Berlusconi
through the courts," said Gelmini.
The Famiglia Cristiana also rose quickly to Napolitano's
defence, with Antonio Sciortino describing the president as
"loved and respected" by Italian citizens, and a "true bastion"
of democracy and stability in troubled times.
Added PdL politician Elvira Savino, "In such a sensitive
period for our country, President Napolitano has shown a sense
of State and an extraordinary love for Italy".
She added that the M5S attack was "vulgar", and suggested
Grillo's party could learn from Napolitano in terms of
respecting and defending the nation's institutions.
Some supporters of Berlusconi and his People of Freedom
(PdL) party have demanded that he be pardoned for his
conviction, arguing that he has long been the victim of
malicious prosecution.
They've even threatened to bring down Italy's fragile
coalition government, which has brought together the PdL and the
Democratic Party (PD), over the issue.
That has led some to suggest that Berlusconi should be
pardoned from his sentence, even though a 2012 anti-corruption
law makes people who have received definitive criminal
convictions ineligible to run in future elections or hold public
office.

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