Berlusconi plans to run in European elections, advisor says
'Violation to democracy' if convicted ex-premier stopped14 March, 10:43
Berlusconi has said he was hopeful the tax-fraud verdict will be overturned and he will be able to top FI's lists of candidates in every Italian region at the European elections.
The billionaire is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights and seeking to have the tax-fraud case reopened in Brescia.
Earlier this year a Milan court refused to grant him permission to leave Italy for the congress of the European People's Party (EPP), of which his FI party is a member, since having his passport confiscated after the tax-fraud conviction.
The three-time premier, who faces several other legal tangles, was also denied a request to leave Italy for a meeting of the EPP in Brussels in December.
Toti said if Berlusconi is denied the opportunity to run in European elections in May, "it would be the umpteenth violation to democracy".