Italy’s Prime Minister has launched another stinging attack on the country’s prosecutors calling them a “cancerous growth”.
In an address to the national retailers association, Silvio Berlusoni said he was “outraged” that democracy was being held hostage by what he called “politically orientated magistrates.” His comments were met with boos and whistles by many sections of the audience.
Undeterred, Berlusconi went on to add that “many prosecutors want to see me like this,” miming handcuffs being placed on his wrists and pointed out that he has avoided conviction in every single case against him so far.
The 71-year-old veteran centre-right leader also announced there would be no more dialogue with the opposition; undermining a truce between the government and the centre-left opposition
In response Democratic Party leader, Walter Veltroni, called Berlusconi’s outburst “embarrassing” and accused him of trying to split the country to solve his problems. “Dialogue isn’t the problem – the problem is he doesn’t want to respect or fulfil his role as head of government,” he said.
It comes a day after the Senate passed a controversial bill, dubbed the “save the premier law” that will suspend trials of crimes that carry sentences of less than ten years.
Berlusconi is currently on trial alongside British corporate lawyer, David Mills, in two separate cases involving fraud and corruption.