Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
ROME

Monti not opposed to pardoning Berlusconi

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Rome, August 27 - Former premier Mario Monti on
Tuesday said he was not opposed to his predecessor Silvio
Berlusconi receiving a presidential pardon for a tax-fraud
conviction.
"Personally...I don't find it particularly scandalous, nor
incompatible with the rule of law, to eventually pardon
(Berlusconi)," said Monti in an interview with the daily Il
Foglio.
Monti, an economist and former European commissioner, was
nominated in an emergency measure to replace Berlusconi at the
end of 2011 when a peak in the euro crisis threatened a
Greece-style financial meltdown in Italy.
He now leads the centrist and largely Catholic formation
of reformers that make up a small part of Premier Enrico Letta's
fragile left-right government.
Its stability has been made even more volatile by threats
from Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party to
topple it if the three-time premier's ban from office is upheld
following his first-ever binding criminal conviction early this
month for manipulating film rights at his Mediaset media empire.
The Senate, where the centre-left Democratic Party (PD)
holds a narrow majority, will decide next month whether to
ratify stripping Berlusconi of his Senate seat.
Many have speculated that President Giorgio Napolitano
could decide to pardon Berlusconi, especially if the tycoon
first chose to step down from the Senate voluntarily, in an
effort to shore up government stability.
Doing so, according to Monti, would help "overcome the
partisanship of hate and scorn" rife in Italian politics.

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