Letta 'conniving' with politicised magistrates says PdL
'Can't deny their existence' says Carfagna19 September, 17:38
Three-time premier Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud at his media empire last month and is facing eviction from the Senate.
On Wednesday he railed against the judiciary, urging Italians in a video message to join a retooled version of his mould-breaking first party, Forza Italia, in reining in magistrates he said were unique because of their "irresponsibility and impunity".
Letta defended the judiciary Thursday, rebutting Berlusconi's claim he has been "persecuted" since entering politics with Forza Italia in 1994. Carfagna, a former equal opportunities minister, said: "Denying the existence of ideological magistrates who pursue political ends with the tools of justice is connivance".
Berlusconi's upcoming ban has shaken the right-left coalition with Letta's Democratic Party but the ex-premier said Wednesday he would continue as centre-right leader outside parliament, without saying he would bring the government down.