Letta's party says Berlusconi panel vote 'not political'
PD says case was handled scrupulously04 October, 18:19
Renato Schifani, the Senate whip for Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, said the decision was "exquisitely political".
Schifani also argued that the verdict had been decided beforehand, without considering the merits of the defence's claim that the 2012 anti-corruption law used to ban Berlusconi from office was unconstitutional. "Those who talk about this being a political verdict are ignorant of the law," said Isabella De Monte, a PD Senator and member of the panel that voted for Berlusconi to be stripped of his Senate seat. "Renato Schifani should get annoyed with those like himself who voted to approve the anti-corruption law.
"We (on the panel) were not another level of justice, and we could not be that. "But we took an in-depth look at the documents and decided on the basis of the evidence".