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Court orders Berlusconi's paper to pay damages

'Il Giornale' infringed on judge's independence, court finds

Court orders Berlusconi's paper to pay damages

Rome, March 5 - Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday said a newspaper owned by the brother of former premier Silvio Berlusconi would have to pay 100,000 euros in damages to a judge it accused of hounding Berlusconi. The court ruled an article in 1999 by Il Giornale against Ilda Boccassini, the judge who presided some cases against Berlusconi (including the current "Rubygate" prostitution trial), constituted a "negation" of the "institutional role" of the courts and attacked their "impartial and independent" nature. In the article, headlined "Guilty at all costs", Il Giornale reporter Salvatore Scarpino accused Milan magistrates - including Boccassini - of seeking to use their positions to "take over the country and lead it" and to have used "political and ideological criteria" in picking their battles against Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi made a splash when he entered national politics in 1994 at the helm of a new political party then called Forza Italia (Let's go Italy). Critics had accused him of entering politics as a way to stave off a series of judicial inquiries.

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