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PdL opponents lash out at 'Save Berlusconi' bill

Measure seen as tool to help former premier avoid trials

PdL opponents lash out at 'Save Berlusconi' bill

(see related) Rome, May 28 - Opponents of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party on Tuesday had harsh words for the so-called 'Save Berlusconi' bill that would suspend trials when prosecutors are accused of political bias. Former "Clean Hands" magistrate Antonio Di Pietro said it was time to "quit making private use of (public) institutions". "The (bill) is the latest ad-personam norm. It's an insult to justice". Donatella Ferranti, of the Democratic Party (PD) and head of the House Justice Commission, said the measure was provocative. "A provocation per week is the way to destabilize the government and stall the urgent reforms that the justice system needs," Ferranti said. Meanwhile, harsh words were also delivered on the blog of former comedian Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. According to the post, Palma's priority "isn't to reduce the nine million (backed up) cases and reform Italy's justice machinery, but to avoid putting Berlusconi on trial".

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