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Berlusconi's Attacker: Unfit to stand trial PDF Print E-mail
Jul 04, 2010 at 09:15 AM


The man who after a rally last December struck Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconin the face with a statuette of the Milan Duomo, fracturing his nose and breaking two teeth, last week was declared unfit to stand trial.

Although Berlusconi's injuries were in no way life threatening, the pictures of his bloodied face made an impression on many. Indeed, the Prime Minister made no attempts to hide from the cameras and later attributed the attack on him to a climate of hatred he said was fomented by the opposition.

Last Tuesday, a judge in Milan accepted a psychiatric evaluation finding that the assailant, Massimo Tartaglia, was unable to distinguish right from wrong and ordered him to remain under psychiatric care for a year. He was also banned from attending any political rallies. Mr. Tartaglia reportedly has a history of psychological problems dating back more than 20 years.

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