Berlusconi supporters rally around leader in new probe
Move by Milan prosecutors 'Stalinist' and 'poisonous'23 January, 16:35
"It certainly provides fuel for the enemies of national calm and offers them poison with which to pollute democracy".
Brunetta was echoed by stalwart Berlusconi supporter and former culture minister Sandro Bondi.
"Every time politics take a step forward in the direction of change and democratic normality the Sword of Damocles represented by the Milan prosecutor's office and the judiciary invariably immediately intervenes," he said. "Italy will never see peace if its political agenda continues to be dictated by the judiciary," concluded Bondi.
Berlusconi has long held that he is the victim of persecution by allegedly left-wing magistrates and on Thursday he vowed to keep fighting and stay in politics following the announcement of the new probe. "I'm here and I'm staying here," said the centre-right leader, who remains at the helm of FI despite being ejected from parliament last year after the supreme court upheld a separate tax-fraud conviction, making it definitive. FI Senator Lucio Malan described the latest move by Milan prosecutors as "another act of Stalinist justice".