Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been given a boost in his long-running battle with the courts. His cabinet has approved a bill giving him immunity from prosecution. He is currently embroiled in several corruption cases.
Justice Minister Angelino Alfano said he expected the bill to be backed by parliament, where Berlusconi has a solid majority, because it would give protection to the state’s top four elected officials during their terms in office.
The billionaire leader has long complained of a politically motivated judicial campaign against him. In recent days he said state prosecutors were “biased’ and described them as a “cancerous growth.”