Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Berlusconi calls for a commission of inquiry to the Italian judiciary

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said Monday it has decided to request the establishment of a commission to investigate whether the Italian judiciary has "criminal association." After arriving at the Court of Milan in an official car and without comment, the president addressed reporters in the corridors of the Palais de Justice, where he went on Monday for the first time Mills trial, which is charged for alleged judicial corruption.

"There is an application within my party to a commission of inquiry to find out if within the judiciary there is an association for criminal purposes. On the other hand, judges who are investigating me always the same," Berlusconi said in statements list the Italian media. "It is true that I have against all judges.

I am grateful to these judges who have considered unfounded accusations against my person by the person who tries to use the law as a political weapon against me," he said. The Italian head of state also wanted to distance themselves from the initiative of a member of his party, Roberto Lassini, who distributed posters that said "Out the Red Brigades of the prosecution", in reference to the Italian terrorist group.

In this sense, Berlusconi considered inappropriate to compare the tax with the terrorists and noted that, in contrast, have to bow to the figures "hero" of the judges killed by terrorism. Berlusconi Monday to appear personally for the first time in court during the trial that followed the alleged payment of bribes to his former lawyer David Mills.

Berlusconi, 74, is accused of having paid in the late 90's to Mills an amount equivalent to 600,000 euros for false testimony in two corruption trials. In 2009, a Milan court had sentenced British lawyer to four years in prison. However, the appeals court in Rome in February 2010 ruled that the penalty as prescribed.

Both Berlusconi and Mills have always rejected any responsibility. The prime minister has almost nothing to fear, as the Chamber of Deputies in mid-April approved a bill to cut the statute of limitations. The so-called "Lex Processo Brief" must still be ratified by the Senate, but Berlusconi has a relatively safe majority in the House.

Berlusconi currently faces four lawsuits. The most spectacular of these is called 'Ruby case' in which the prime minister is accused of abuse of power and having sex with a young Moroccan who was then a minor. This latest trial will resume on May 31.

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