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posted 13 January 2004 01:04 PM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Court Blocks Immunity for Italian Premier

In a major setback Tuesday for Premier Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's Constitutional Court ruled the immunity law that blocked his bribery trial is unconstitutional, paving the way for the case to return to the courtroom.

It was not immediately clear when the trial could resume.

The trial in Milan was approaching a verdict in June when the law, backed by Berlusconi's center-right coalition, went into effect.

Now for job number two: finding Berlusconi and his cronies guilty of corruption.

Berlusconi's response (and his lawyer's)?

Berlusconi, who has been battling legal problems stemming from his business empire for years, has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he is the victim of what he claims is a political vendetta by left-leaning magistrates.

Carlo Taormina, a trial lawyer as well as a lawmaker with Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, described the ruling as ``political'' and said the premier was not worried by it.

I believe skdadl will provide the proper response to the bolded statement above.

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posted 13 January 2004 02:26 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's good news, but the problem as with former premier Andreotti (suspected of collusion with the Mafia and of having a meddling reporter done away with, among other things) will be getting it to stick.

josh, maybe we could do a nice Mediterranean impeachment tour and work on bringing Berlusconi and Sharon to justice? The idea is very appealing today, as the temperature here is set to dip back down to -30...

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