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Admissibility of Berlusconi appeal to be decided in 3-4 mths

European Court of Human Rights evaluating petition

Admissibility of Berlusconi appeal to be decided in 3-4 mths

(see related) Rome, September 9 - The admissibility of an appeal by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's legal team against his possible expulsion from the Italian Senate to the European Court of Human Rights will be decided "no earlier than three to four months", the court said on Monday. The leader of Italy's centre right risks losing his parliamentary seat under the terms of an Italian anti-corruption law approved in 2012, which bans anyone with a conviction like the three-time premier's from holding office for six years. An Italian Senate panel on Monday began examining whether to remove the centre-right leader from the Upper House, and is expected to reach its conclusions shortly. A full Senate vote would then be required to make the ban effective, but Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL) says it will not come to that if the centre-right Democratic Party (PD) votes against Berlusconi on the panel, because it would immediately pull out of the unprecedented left-right coalition government majority.

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