21°C / 3°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 3°C
  • Tue
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 5°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 4°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 17°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 7°C
  • Tue
  • 23°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Thu
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 24°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Tue
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 9°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 27°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 10°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 9°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Tue
  • 25°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 8°C

Judge rejects request for snap trial of Berlusconi

A Naples judge rejected a request to hold a snap trial of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Former Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Picture: AFP.
Italy,Silvio Burlesconi
World Politics

NAPLES - A Naples judge on Tuesday rejected a request by prosecutors to hold a snap trial of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on bribery charges, the latest twist in the Italian centre-right leader's increasingly bitter legal battle.

Allegations that Berlusconi gave 3 million euros (2.57 million pounds) to a former senator to switch sides in 2006 - undermining Romano Prodi's centre-left government of the time - will face a regular judicial process, according to a copy of the judge's ruling obtained by Reuters

The decision, eliminating the risk of an almost immediate verdict, will be welcomed by Berlusconi as he grapples with several other legal cases and fights for his political life following last month's inconclusive election.

President Giorgio Napolitano will start consultations for the formation of a government on Wednesday. The centre-left has enough votes to control the lower house, but none of the three main political blocs has a majority in the Senate, which has equal legislative powers.

Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party has repeatedly called on the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to form another right-left government like the one that was led by outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti. So far, the PD has rebuffed all overtures.

Meanwhile the PD is keen to govern with comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star movement, but has itself been repeatedly rejected by Grillo.

Apart from the bribery inquiry, Berlusconi is facing three ongoing trials, including a high-profile case in which he is accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Berlusconi denies any wrongdoing and says he is targeted by politically biased prosecutors and judges whom he describes as a "cancer" of Italy's democracy.

Berlusconi's PDL is planning a rally in Rome on Saturday to protest against the courts' treatment of the 76-year-old billionaire. Last week, PDL lawmakers staged a protest against magistrates on the steps of the Milan courthouse.

Separately, Berlusconi on Tuesday appealed against a ruling that he owed 36 million euros per year (or about 100,000 euros per day) to his estranged wife Veronica Lario as part of their divorce settlement, judicial sources said.

Italian media reports on Tuesday said that the owner of Italy's biggest private TV broadcaster was seeking to halve the cash payment in exchange for giving her a mansion outside Milan.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.