Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Ex-justice min urges anti-corruption law against Berlusconi

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Rome, September 17 - Former justice minister Paola
Severino on Tuesday called on parliament to apply an
anti-corruption law named after her to former premier Silvio
Berlusconi in a Senate vote this week, stripping him of his
parliamentary seat following his tax-fraud verdict last month.
A Senate panel is set to vote on Wednesday on whether to
strip three-time premier and media magnate Berlusconi of his
place in the Upper House and comply with a new anti-corruption
rule Severino framed.
"We were all in agreement" in the Mario Monti government
"when, after a long and detailed process, the law was passed:
when you pass a law, you believe in what you are doing. Now its
application is the responsibility of the government," said
Severino.
The law kicked in after Berlusconi's August 1 conviction
for tax fraud, his first definitive sentence in almost 20 years
of battles with magistrates he accuses of left-wing bias.
Premier Enrico Letta's Democratic Party (PD) has said it
will vote Berlusconi out, prompting an ultimatum from
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party which is its partner
in the current Italian government.
The PdL argues that subjecting Berlusconi to the law
breaches the Constitution because it would allegedly be applied
retroactively.

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