PdL blasts Senate speaker for not stopping Berlusconi vote
Schifani says Grasso has 'serious responsibility'04 October, 19:02
The PdL said the proceedings should have been halted after an offensive comment about Berlusconi was posted on the Facebook page of Vito Crimi, a Senator for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), shortly before the panel meeting.
The comment suggested the 77-year-old ex-premier could be suffering with problems with incontinence.
The page was also updated with posts during the panel hearing, but one of Crimi's assistants said they had been put there by him.
Grasso described the comments on Facebook as "unspeakable" and opened an inquiry but said he could not communicate with the panel while it was in session as this broke the rules.
The PdL said the hearing should have been stopped as the rules on the confidentiality of the panel's work had been broken.
Renato Schifani, the PdL's Senate whip, said Grasso had "serious responsibility" for not taking action.