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(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - President Giorgio Napoolitano
said Thursday that definitive sentences must be applied after
Silvio Berlusconi suggested Italy was undergoing a coup
following the supreme court's decision to uphold a tax-fraud
against the ex-premier.
"The application of a definitive conviction... is a
constituent part of any State based on the rule of law," he
Three-time premier Berlusconi faces losing his seat in the
Senate after the four-year prison sentence was upheld - three
years of which have been commuted because of an amnesty.
The head of State added that neither he nor Premier Enrico
Letta could intervene in the case.
"A constituent part of any State based on the rule of law
is the non-interference of the head of State or the prime
minister in the independent decisions of the judicial
authority," Napolitano said.