Berlusconi Versus Justice

Italy’s beleaguered ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is not a happy man. His legal troubles are mounting up, as are his attacks on Italy’s justice system which he claims, is attempting to take him out of Italy’s political arena for good.

Adding to the tanned one’s troubles are charges of corruption which may well lead to his arrest. This is something Berlusconi will fight will all his might.

If an arrest warrant is issued, as seems likely in view of hard to dispute evidence that he bought a senator, Italy’s parliament will have to vote on whether or not the tanned ex-premier can actually be taken away by police and popped in a prison cell to await trial. Italy should have something approaching a working parliament before the end of next week.

Berlusconi will not have been at all happy to hear that his political rivals, in Italy’s “commie” PD party, say they will vote in favor of his arrest if they are presented with enough information to justify handcuffing Silvio.

Seeing as Berlusconi is kicking up an awful fuss, as well as hiding himself in a friendly hospital, he does appear to fear the long arm of Italian law. Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement will also vote for Berlusconi’s arrest and will do so more than happily.

Yesterday, a deputation from Berlusconi’s PdL party met Italy’s President Napolitano to plead for clemency on behalf of their, almost, totally innocent leader.

Depending on which Italian paper you read, President Napolitano either told off the PdL for protesting outside the Milan court where Berlusconi is on trial, or told Italy’s judiciary to let Berlusconi play the political game without further hindering him. President Napolitano did also say that he would not interfere in the workings of Italy’s justice. The President of Italy stated that he thought it unlikely there was a plot within Italy’s justice system take down Berlusconi. Mr B, on the other hand, is absolutely convinced commie magistrates are out to get him.

One paper, Il Fatto Quotidiano, claimed Berlusconi was scaring President Napolitano into submission, and another, the Berlusconi family daily newsletter, which goes by the name of il Giornale, said that Italy’s president had effectively told “killer” magistrates to stop pestering Berlusconi. Yet another paper reported that Napolitano had told the PdL mob off for behaving badly.

Expect lots of politically motivated legitimate impediments to be fielded by Berlusconi’s lawyers in an attempt to keep their client out of court.

The sorry saga of Silvio Berlusconi trundles on. How it will end, no one knows, even if one fine day, Berlusconi might do a Craxi and go hide in a country with no deportation agreement with Italy.

Italy’s political surreality show plods on.


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  1. Harold Johnson says

    One of the most difficult things for me to understand is the continued support of the parliamentarians of the PDL for Berlusconi. Compare this situation with Berlusconi and the center right party with the charges against Nixon in the United States. When it became apparent that Nixon had, in fact, broken the law, his fellow Republicans told him that he had lost their support and advised him to resign. No such comment has ever come from the center right politicians in Italy in spite of the many obvious crimes that Berlusconi has committed. Then there was his outrageous behavior of paying young women thousands of euros repeatedly and on an ongoing basis for the “bunga bunga parties” at Arcore. Obviously these parliamentarians have no regard for their own political future or for the image of Italy in Europe or the rest of the world. My friends tell me that these politicians do not really care about Italy, or that they are bought, or that in Italy politicians sometimes even benefit from behavior which would cause them to lose the people’s esteem in other parts of the world, that their clients are tax evaders or criminals. Can someone help me to understand this phenomenon?

  2. Paul London says

    An excellent question Harold – very often the simple qurestions(no disrespect meant) are the best. I’ll leave it to others with deeper knowledge and in-situ (Alex perhaps) to answer, though I fear it won’t be very pretty. Ah, Italy.

  3. mah says

    hi guys! can I try to give an answer to your questions? the reason why no pdl mp has criticized berlusconi is that pdl is berlusconi’s own personal party and wihout berlusconi it would simply cease to exist. that is partly due to the electoral law berlusconi himself made (those who first drafted it, members of berlusconi party and a then minister among them, aptly named this law porcellum, “the dirtbaggus”) according to which voters give their vote to a party, not to any candidate. then on the basis of the percentage of votes a party has accumulated it has a right to a certain number of seats in the parliament, and they (in this case, berlusconi) can appoint whomever they like as mps. since italian mps have legal immunity, berlusconi has made sure that many of his friends who had ongoing problems with the law got a seat, or people he owed some favor, or maybe people he just liked or trusted for whatever reason. most of them have no political attitude whatsoever. if he falls, then they fall. so the real question is once and again: why would anybody want to vote for berlusconi and his gang?

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