Berlusconi announces anti-judiciary street protest March 23
Claims part of judiciary uses law to 'combat' political enemies01 March, 11:32
Also on Thursday, prosecutors in the northern city of Reggio Emilia said they had opened a probe into a letter Berlusconi sent to millions of Italians about an election pledge to pay back the IMU property-tax. Berlusconi was accused of attempting to buy votes with the pledge by rival politicians, who complained the letter was deceptive as it looked like an official document informing people about how to obtain a rebate, rather than an election pamphlet.
Rome prosecutors are also investigating after a similar petition.
Berlusconi is on trial in Milan over accusations he paid for sex with an underage Moroccan dancer, and is accused of abuse of office in the same case.
Berlusconi is also appealing against a one-year conviction he was handed last year for tax fraud on film rights for his Mediaset TV group.
The ex-premier has also been indicted over accusations he was involved in the publication of an illegally obtained wiretaps.
In the on-going and several other previous trials, Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the victim of a minority group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors and judges who he says are persecuting him for political reasons.
Berlusconi has been tried some 30 times but has only been convicted three times - verdicts that were either timed out by the statute of limitations or overturned on appeal - prior to the Mediaset fraud verdict