(ANSA) - Rome, October 31 - Silvio Berlusconi has said that
the "game is not over" amid moves to have him ejected from the
Senate after a tax-fraud conviction against him was upheld by
the supreme court.
He added that Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic
Party (PD) scored an "own goal" by moving for a vote on his
ejection on the floor of the Upper House to be open, rather than
a secret, as was traditional in such cases.
"The game is a long way from the final whistle because the
sentence that condemned me is based on falsehood and it will be
reversed soon," Berlusconi said after a Senate panel narrowly
opted for the floor vote to be open Wednesday.
Berlusconi is appealing against the conviction, which is
definitive for Italian law after the supreme court upheld it in
August, to the European Court of Human Rights.
His comments were taken from an interview for a book by
Italian broadcast journalist Bruno Vespa that will be published
The three-time premier, 77, denied reports he was angry
about the situation, but admitted to being "worried,
disappointed and bitter".