Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
RIMINI

Defence minister wants amnesty for Berlusconi

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Rimini, August 23 - Italy's defence minister
suggested including convicted ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi in a
proposed prison amnesty to alleviate overcrowding.
"For him and the thousands of inmates overcrowding Italy's
prisons," said Mario Mauro, a moderate in the left-right
coalition government, formerly of Berlusconi's center-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party.
"The Italian prison system is inadequate and it's bursting.
I'm not the one to say it - it's the magistrates who do every
year".
The media have reported that jurists are trying to find
some way of applying an amnesty to Berlusconi, who received his
first-ever binding conviction earlier this month for tax fraud.
In addition to a six-year ban from office, the conviction
came with a four-year prison term, commuted to one due to an
earlier amnesty.
Because of his age, the 76-year-old three-time premier has
the option of serving house arrest or community service, though
he has suggested he would rather serve the time in jail,
something he must decide next month.
On Thursday Italian President Napolitano met Justice
Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri, sparking speculation he might
be looking at ways to provide Berlusconi with a judicial
life-belt.
Napolitano's office said he and the minister had reviewed
measures to stem prison overcrowding and other pending justice
bills.

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