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House leader asks for three-day suspension of govt meetings

PdL outraged over speedy scheduling of Berlusconi appeals trial

House leader asks for three-day suspension of govt meetings

Rome, July 10 - The day after Italy's supreme Cassation Court's speedy scheduling of a final appeals trial of Silvio Berlusconi's conviction for fraud, senators and politicians from the ex-premier's People of Freedom party (PdL) asked on Wednesday for all parliamentary activity to be suspended for three days for an assembly of the group's members. PdL Lower House Whip Renato Brunetta requested that government meetings to be suspended while PdL lawmakers and politicians discuss their next moves. Brunetta said that a PdL assembly will be held because "long and detailed discussions" are needed. The supreme court on Tuesday shocked the ex-premier's defense lawyer and sparked outrage among the centre-right leader's followers by scheduling the trial date on the same day the appeal was filed - to begin in three weeks' time on July 30. PdL Senate Whip Renato Schifani has also asked for government meetings to be paused for the assembly. The appeal trial regards the media mogul's conviction on tax-dodging through the manipulation of film rights for Mediaset, a broadcasting company that is part of his family's media empire. (photo: PdL Lower House Whip Renato Brunetta)

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