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Berlusconi vows to fight 'till end' after new probe

Ex-premier says will stay 'on field' of politics

23 January, 12:42
Berlusconi vows to fight 'till end' after new probe

(see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 23 - Silvio Berlusconi vowed to keep fighting and stay in politics on Thursday after his multiple legal troubles worsened when it was announced he is being probed for alleged witness corruption during a trial related to allegations he paid for sex with an underage prostitute. "I'm here and I'm staying here," said the three-time ex-premier and centre-right leader.

"I feel the responsibility of the trust given to me and of the votes of the public.

"I'm staying on the field, more convinced than ever that I have to fight till the end to see what I deeply believe in prevail" he said.

The 77-year-old billionaire said this was his response to those who thought they had "gotten rid" of him.

Berlusconi says he is the victim of a campaign of persecution by left-wing elements in the judiciary who are trying to wipe him from the political arena. "In Italy if you want a magistrate to show you are right, you have to wait years and years," Berlusconi added, referring to the country's snail-paced justice system. "Sometimes it's decades and more. And they have the courage to call this justice.

"In Italy today we can easily say that the law is equally unjust for everyone".