Italy’s Senate has passed legislation which opponents of PM Silvio Berlusconi say is designed to help him in his legal battles with the nation’s courts. The bill would freeze some long-running trials for a year, including one involving Mr. Berlusconi in Milan.
And the government is set to introduce another bill that will give top public figures immunity from prosecution. Mr. Berlusconi has faced corruption charges in the courts for many years but has always protested his innocence. The prime minister argues he has long been a victim of politically-biased judges and prosecutors. Although Mr. Berlusconi was found guilty in one corruption case, the verdict was overturned on appeal and other cases were dismissed under statutes of limitation.
Now we know why he became PM, to legalize his corruption!