Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi 'will ask for pardon' says lawyer

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Rome, August 14 - A lawyer for ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi said Wednesday he was "sure" the centre-right leader
will ask President Giorgio Napolitano for a pardon on a
tax-fraud conviction that would strip him of his Senate seat.
"The pardon will be requested, sooner or later," said Piero
Longo.
Napolitano has said justice must be served but he would
weigh the possibility of a pardon while respecting the
independence of the judiciary.
The president also stressed Tuesday that Berlusconi would
not go to jail but serve the sentence under house arrest or
doing community service.
He warned of the "dramatic" effect on the ailing Italian
economy if Italy's unprecedented left-right government falls
because of the Berlusconi conviction, which he and his
supporters say was politically motivated.
Berlusconi backers took the president's statement to mean a
pardon was likely but their uneasy coalition partners the
Democratic Party thought the opposite, that he was saying the
three-time premier must respect his first definitive conviction
in more than 20 cases including alleged corruption, judge and
witness buying and sex with an underage prostitute.
With or without a pardon, media magnate Berlusconi is set
to revamp his People of Freedom (PdL) party under its original
banner, Forza Italia.
His daughter and business heir Marina has ruled out leading
it.

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