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Italian judges need to be left to do their jobs, says Reding

Independent magistrates needed to stoke investor confidence

Italian judges need to be left to do their jobs, says Reding

Bruxelles, March 27 - Judges need to be left to do their jobs without interference because judicial independence in Italy is imperative for an investor-friendly environment, EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding said on Wednesday. "Hands off the judges. If the goal is a truly independent judicial system, then let them (judges) do their jobs," said Reding when asked if she believes that in Italy the conflict between politics and justice causes inefficiency. "Italy and the (outgoing Premier Mario) Monti government are aware that the problem of efficiency in the civil justice and administrative systems has a negative impact on investments," Reding said. Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has been embroiled in a battle with magistrates, claiming for years that a group of prosecutors and judges is trying to drive him out of politics. Centre-right leader Berlusconi has staged a series of street protests against magistrates and vows to continue, saying that the government needs to focus on reforming the justice system. Photo: EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding

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