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Something new: Berlusconi say's he's sorry PDF Print E-mail
Jul 03, 2014 at 10:31 PM

ImageItaly's communist, out-to-get-him magistrates (Berlusconi's words, not mine) once more have treated the media magnate and former prime minister with velvet gloves and forgiven him his (verbal) sins.

This week, the Milan judicial officer in charge of sentencing issued a formal warning to Berlusconi following the latter's sharply critical comments last week regarding Italy's magistrates while testifying at a trial currently underway in Naples . He said the Italian judiciary was "uncontrollable, uncontrolled and irresponsible", words which the official, judge Beatrice Crosti, said were "offensive and insulting". Ms. Crosti is the magistrate overseeing Berlusconi's current sentence that calls for him to to four (paltry) hours of community service every Friday in lieu of house detention. (Berlusconi is serving a one-year sentence for tax fraud. His original sentence was for four years but three were counted as being applied under some recent amnesties).

Berlusconi had also made disparaging remarks against the judiciary during the recent election campaign in which Italy's communist, out-to-get-him magistrates allowed him (incredibly) to participate. The judge reminded him that the decision to remand him to community service was contingent on his not offending the judiciary and made it clear that he was running the risk of having that service rescinded.

Being confined to his home would seriously interfere with Berlusconi's attempt to keep his party a key player in current Italian politics and to remain the arbiter of at least a good part of the attempts at political, judicial and economic reform by the current prime minister, Matteo Renzi

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