'Save Berlusconi bill' could harm judiciary, say magistrates
Ex-PdL justice minister's measure a 'threat' to Italian system11 September, 20:04
The vagueness of the legislation proposed last spring by Nitto Palma, a PdL senator, would also lend itself to dangerous interpretations, warned the ANM. The draft law was approved Wednesday by the Senate justice committee, which is chaired by Palma.
His bill would punish prosecutors found guilty of being politically motivated in their cases or remarks, as well as suspend the trials they are working on, and see them transferred.
The measure has been nicknamed the "Save Berlusconi" bill because of the PdL leader's numerous legal entanglements.
In his current and previous legal cases, 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.
The draft bill "goes in the wrong direction" offering no benefits to ordinary Italians, said Senator Giuseppe Lumia, the Democratic Party (PD) leader in the justice committee, following Wednesday's vote.
According to the bill, prosecutors under investigation for political motives in court proceedings would have the trial in question suspended for six months while a new prosecutor is appointed.
(photo: Nitto Palma)