Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi appeals against ban

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Rome, September 17 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
on Tuesday appealed to Italy's top appeals court, the Court of
Cassation, against a tax-fraud sentence that banned him from
politics.
Berlusconi's lawyers filed the appeal at a Senate panel set
to vote on the ban resulting from the August 1 sentence, his
first definitive verdict in 20 years of legal woes he blames on
allegedly left-wing magistrates.
In the petition, the premier claims the five-judge panel on
the Cassation Court that gave him four years for fraud at his
media empire - cut to one by an amnesty - was not "correctly
formed".
Berlusconi has previously accused one judge, Antonio
Esposito, of showing bias by talking about the verdict before
its formal explanation came out.
The petition urges that discussion of ratifying the ban be
stopped.
The premier's People of Freedom (PdL) party has said it will
topple the left-right government if its foes-turned-partners in
the Democratic Party (PD) vote to enforce the ban.
The PD insists it will vote to uphold the law.

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