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Aug 1, 2013

Italy’s top court to issue verdict on Berlusconi fraud appeal

ROME (Reuters) – Five supreme court judges on Thursday considered their verdict in Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against a tax fraud conviction that could end his 20-year domination of Italian politics and throw the government into turmoil if confirmed.

The judges of Italy’s Court of Cassation retired to consider the verdict at noon (1000 GMT/6 a.m. ET) after hearing prosecution and defence arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday. The verdict was expected to take up to five hours, officials said.

Jul 31, 2013

Berlusconi lawyers press supreme court to acquit him of tax fraud

ROME (Reuters) – Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi asked the supreme court on Wednesday to throw out a tax fraud conviction against the former prime minister in a case that may decide not only his future but that of Italy’s fragile coalition government.

The Court of Cassation was hearing defense arguments from both Berlusconi’s lawyers and those for three others convicted by two lower courts of the fraudulent purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television empire.

Jul 30, 2013

Italy’s top court hears crucial Berlusconi appeal

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s supreme court on Tuesday began hearing Silvio Berlusconi’s last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office in a case which could endanger the country’s shaky coalition government if the conviction is confirmed.

On the first day of the hearing, public prosecutor Antonello Mura rejected most of Berlusconi’s arguments that a lower appeal court verdict convicting him of tax fraud was flawed, but requested a reduction of his ban from public office to three years from five on technical legal grounds.

Jul 30, 2013

Italy’s top court begins crucial Berlusconi case hearing

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s supreme court heard on Tuesday Silvio Berlusconi’s last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office for tax fraud in a case which could threaten the survival of the shaky coalition government.

If five top judges hand down the first definitive conviction to the four-times prime minister in dozens of court cases against him, it will mark the end of two decades in which he has dominated politics through his media power and political skill.

Jul 29, 2013

Berlusconi faces verdict that could endanger Italian government

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s supreme court convenes on Tuesday to rule whether Silvio Berlusconi should be jailed and banned from public office for tax fraud, a verdict that could endanger Italy’s shaky coalition government.

A ruling against the former prime minister would be his first definitive conviction and signal the end of an era in which he has dominated Italian politics for two decades through his media power and political skill.

Jul 29, 2013

Italian government’s fate hangs on Berlusconi court ruling

ROME (Reuters) – The fate of Italy’s fragile government hangs on a ruling by the supreme court, which meets on Tuesday to decide whether to uphold a tax fraud conviction against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy’s Cassation Court will rule on the media magnate’s final appeal against a jail sentence and 5-year ban from public office handed down by lower courts for the fraudulent purchase of broadcasting rights by his television network Mediaset.

Jul 25, 2013

Missing red diary at heart of Italy’s dark history

PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) – More than 20 years after anti-mafia hero Paolo Borsellino was killed by a huge bomb, his missing diary is still at the heart of one of Italy’s murkiest and most enduring mysteries.

Borsellino kept the red police diary always at his side, even in bed, and used it for jotting down evidence after another powerful bomb killed his friend and fellow magistrate Giovanni Falcone in May 1992, 57 days before his own death at age 52.

Jul 25, 2013

Insight: Missing red diary at heart of Italy’s dark history

PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) – More than 20 years after anti-mafia hero Paolo Borsellino was killed by a huge bomb, his missing diary is still at the heart of one of Italy’s murkiest and most enduring mysteries.

Borsellino kept the red police diary always at his side, even in bed, and used it for jotting down evidence after another powerful bomb killed his friend and fellow magistrate Giovanni Falcone in May 1992, 57 days before his own death at age 52.

Jul 10, 2013

Berlusconi ruling shakes Italy government

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s party boycotted a summit of Italy’s fragile coalition government and blocked parliamentary activity on Wednesday in protest against a supreme court decision to fast track a ruling that could ban him from public office.

Legislative activity in both chambers of parliament was suspended for a day because of the protest by Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party, one of the two main partners in Enrico Letta’s left-right coalition government.

Jul 10, 2013

Berlusconi ruling shakes stability of Italy government

ROME, July 10 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi’s party
boycotted a summit of Italy’s fragile coalition government and
blocked parliamentary activity on Wednesday in protest against a
supreme court decision to fast track a ruling that could ban him
from public office.

Almost all activity in both chambers of parliament was
suspended for a day because of the protest by Berlusconi’s
People of Freedom (PDL) party, one of the two main partners in
Enrico Letta’s left-right coalition government.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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