Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi will stay in politics with the aim of reforming his country’s justice system, but he will not be a candidate to become PM.
The 76-year-old billionaire media magnate made the announcement to reporters in Lesmo in the wake of a Milan court sentencing him to four years in jail for tax fraud.
“Our democracy is not real. We live under a dictatorship ruled by the judges. We don’t live in a democracy but in a ‘magistratocracy’. So I feel an obligation to stay in politics and to focus my next political activity on the reform of the Justice,” he said.
Last Wednesday Berlusconi for years the dominant politician of the centre right said he would not contest next years elections.
The court sentence included a five-year ban on running for political office but does not come into force until all appeals are exhausted so leaving him free to stand in 2013.