Berlusconi party members condemn appeals court explanation
'Two-year ban from public office an act of persecution'29 October, 16:19
"Here is yet another confirmation of the will to persecute Silvio Berlusconi. Such rulings will certainly not oust a political leader who is loved by millions", said MP Renata Polverini, a former governor of the Lazio region who resigned last year over allegations of embezzlement of public funds.
"The judicial persecution against our leader continues unabated, with a timing and speed so incredible, they are unheard of in the Italian justice system", said Senate Whip Renato Schifani. "The rationale of the court of appeals is based on an unjust conviction, and the result cannot but be unjust", said PdL House whip Renato Brunetta. "We didn't know the leader of the center right is a monster, the mastermind of a massive system of fraud, a Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Were the court's reasoning not so patently delirious and troublesome, we would have to laugh", said MP Stefania Prestigiacomo, a former two-time minister during the Berlusconi administration. "They've come up with a new branch of the justice system: creative justice", quipped MP Daniela Santanchè.
Today's ruling comes after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud conviction against Berlusconi for tax fraud on US film rights traded by his Mediaset broadcasting empire.