Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

High judge brushes off PdL outcry over Fininvest ruling

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Rome, September 18 - The deputy chief of the
judiciary's self-governing body, the CSM, dismissed outcry among
lawmakers in Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party
over the ex-premier's failure to overturn a 500-million-euro
damages payout as a repeated, chanted prayer.
"It doesn't strike me as new. It's a rosary we are used to
(hearing)," said Michele Vietti.
Italy's supreme Court of Cassation said Tuesday it rejected
an appeal by Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest against a
huge damages payout over the bribing of a judge in the takeover
of publisher Mondadori.
As a result, the damages to rival Carlo De Benedetti's
company CIR remains, though the court granted a reduction to
from of around 541 million euros 494 million euros.
PdL MP and ex-minister Maria Stella Gelmini called the
sentence confirmation "a massacre of the law" in an interview
published Wednesday in the newspaper La Stampa.
Gelmini added, "The left can no longer deny the obvious"
and called for justice reform.
PdL Coordinator Sandro Bondi said Wednesday, "The Fininvest
payout is equal to half the market capitalisation value of De
Benedetti's CIR and is higher than the value of its parent
holding company (Cofide). This data alone measures of the
magnitude of a judgment that in any other country would be
considered a true act of judicial piracy".
The media magnate and centre-right leader has repeatedly
blasted his long string of legal woes over the last 20 years as
persecution by allegedly left-wing judges.

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