Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Letta says law must be upheld in Berlusconi fraud conviction


Genoa, August 30 - Premier Enrico Letta on Friday
said Italian law should be respected with regard to ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's binding conviction for tax fraud.
"The response is very simple: I don't think I believe there
are many margins, the separation between politics and the
judiciary is necessary," said Letta at a rally in Genoa for his
center-left Democratic Party (PD).
A Senate committee is set to vote September 9 on stripping
Berlusconi of his seat in the upper house as part of an
anti-corruption law that kicked in after his August 1 conviction
for fraud on film rights at his Mediaset media empire.
Berlusconi has appealed to the European Court of Human
Rights and Italy's Constitutional Court.
The three-time premier dismissed the explanation of the
sentence, issued earlier Thursday, as a "collage" of previous
sentences from magistrates he has always seen as left-wing.
His party has threatened to pull its support from Letta's
fragile executive and force snap elections if he loses his
Senate seat.

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