Berlusconi appeals against ban
Judging panel 'not correctly formed' ex-premer claims17 September, 17:34
Berlusconi's lawyers filed the appeal at a Senate panel set to vote on the ban resulting from the August 1 sentence, his first definitive verdict in 20 years of legal woes he blames on allegedly left-wing magistrates.
In the petition, the premier claims the five-judge panel on the Cassation Court that gave him four years for fraud at his media empire - cut to one by an amnesty - was not "correctly formed".
Berlusconi has previously accused one judge, Antonio Esposito, of showing bias by talking about the verdict before its formal explanation came out.
The petition urges that discussion of ratifying the ban be stopped.
The premier's People of Freedom (PdL) party has said it will topple the left-right government if its foes-turned-partners in the Democratic Party (PD) vote to enforce the ban.
The PD insists it will vote to uphold the law.