Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

Impeach Napolitano if pardons Berlusconi says M5S

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Rome, August 13 - If Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano were to grant any sort of pardon to ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi in his current legal troubles, it would be grounds
for impeachment, a 5-Star Movement (M5S) politician said
Tuesday.
Mario Giarrusso, a Senator with the maverick M5S led by
comedian Beppe Grillo, 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.
"If Napolitano were to grant (a pardon) to Berlusconi or
any other act of clemency that would take away from his known
criminal responsibility, it would be a subversive act," for
which Napolitano should be impeached, wrote Giarrusso.
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.
The courts are still reviewing the political ban.
And although Berlusconi was also sentenced to four years in
prison, he is not in danger of actually being jailed because he
is well over 70 and will be given the option of serving the
remaining year of the sentence under house arrest or doing
community service.
Napolitano, 88, reluctantly agreed to become Italy's first
head of State to be re-elected in April as the parties were
unable to agree on a successor, amid chaos after February's
general election failed to produce a clear winner.

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