Berlusconi aide threatens govt collapse
Letta executive in peril over vote to strip ex-premier of seat05 September, 11:22
Nitto Palma is also the president of the Senate justice commission.
Berlusconi risks losing his parliamentary seat under the terms of an anti-corruption law approved in 2012, which bans anyone with a conviction like the three-time premier's from holding office for six years. The PdL claims the law is being applied retroactively in Berlusconi's case, although it became effective before his definitive four-year conviction for fraud on film rights on August 1. The PdL says the law is against the Italian Constitution but the PD says it isn't.
A Senate panel will start examining the case Monday and is expected to reach its conclusions by the end of the month. A full Senate vote is required to make the ban effective but the PdL says it will not come to that if the PD votes against Berlusconi on the panel, because it would immediately pull out of the unprecedented left-right coalition.