Berlusconi's armed guard 'not being cut back'
Government sources deny ex-premier's claim24 January, 20:02
(ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - There will be no reduction in the level of protection for Silvio Berlusconi while the responsibility of security for the former premier passes from one agency to another, government sources said Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Berlusconi told Italian radio that the government of caretaker Premier Mario Monti had cut down his armed escort of 20 men. Sources denied those claims and said that the responsibility of protecting Berlusconi was being passed from the AISI intelligence agency to the interior ministry. Berlusconi, who was replaced by Monti during a peak in the euro crisis in November 2011, is campaigning against the current government ahead of elections on February 24 and 25. He has told reporters that his life is at risk and that at least one attempt has already been thwarted.