Letta says Berlusconi not persecuted by judges
Premier calls for judiciary to be respected19 September, 13:26
Letta's left-right government is in danger of collapsing in the fallout of the supreme court's decision last month to uphold a four-year term against Berlusconi - three of which have been commuted because of an amnesty. On Wednesday Berlusconi released a video message blasting magistrates before a Senate panel took the first step towards stripping the ex-premier of his parliamentary seat after the supreme court ruling, with vital contribution of votes from Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD). Letta, whose executive needs the support of Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party to stay afloat, called for the judiciary to be respected when asked about Wednesday's video message. "In Italy the rule of law and the autonomy of the judiciary work and we want to respect this," said Letta.