Italy: Berlusconi's final day in court to appeal conviction

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Italy: Berlusconi's final day in court to appeal conviction

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It is the last day of Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against a a jail sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud.

Italy’s supreme court will later hear from the former prime minister’s defence team

A verdict is expected by Thursday. If the ban from public office is confirmed, it could threaten the stability of Italy’s coalition government.

Antonio Padellaro, Editor in Chief of Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper said the pressure on the judges is too much.

“Never, in an advanced democratic country, have we asked our judges to take on a responsibility of this type, it’s not just a verdict but the life of the government itself and the future of the country. I find it absurd, even a bit dishonourable. It’s an unfair game because we say to the magistrates “Look, your decision could cause a catastrophe for the markets, at a time of economic crisis .” I must say that I express the greatest solidarity with the judges, because they are being blackmailed, and I repeat, it’s a bit dishonourable.” Padellaro said.

Euronews correspondent in Rome, Enrico Bona said:“The deputy attorney general has said that it’s a process which excites the passions and the expectations, but he added that the passions and the expectations must stay outside the tribunal. He also went on to say that the cassation court has just one task to carry out. It’s not the place to go into detail about the judgement which has already been given.”