PdL proposes stopping 'politicised' prosecutors

'Save Berlusconi' bill would suspend trials in such cases

PdL proposes stopping 'politicised' prosecutors

Rome, May 28 - A member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on Tuesday presented a bill in the Senate that would punish prosecutors found guilty of being moved by political motives, suspend the trials they are working on and have them transferred. The measure, presented to the Senate Justice Commission by the committee's president, former justice minister Nitto Palma, has been nicknamed the "Save Berlusconi" bill. Berlusconi in on trial in Milan for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute and for allegedly abusing his office to try to hush up the affair. He is also appealing against a four-year conviction for fraud at his media empire and a one-year sentence for involvement in the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap. He faces indictment for allegedly buying a Senator to help topple a centre-left government too. In the current and previous trials, Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the victim of a minority group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors and judges who he says are persecuting him for political reasons. Berlusconi recently failed in a bid to have the sex trial and his first appeal against the fraud conviction moved from Milan to Brescia because of alleged bias by magistrates. The supreme Court of Cassation said it turned down the petition because it considered the accusations of bias "defamatory". photo: Nitto Palma

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