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Trial cap presented in Senate

Critics say bill intended to block cases against Berlusconi

12 November, 13:30
Trial cap presented in Senate (ANSA) - Rome, November 12 - A justice reform package to shorten the length of Italian trials was presented to the Senate on Thursday by members of Premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party. The draft law agreed upon Tuesday by Berlusconi and House Minister Gianfranco Fini, would limit first trials and later appeals to two years each for a maximum of six years.

According to Fini, the law is intended to speed up the snail's pace of Italian justice.

But opposition critics have slammed the bill as a ploy to block two pending trials against the premier, both of which are due to start this month.

The trials were reactivated in early October after the Constitutional Court threw out a law granting Berlusconi immunity from prosecution.

The premier has been charged with bribing English lawyer David Mills to perjure himself in two other trials and for tax fraud in the sale of film rights by his TV group Mediaset.

Berlusconi's cabinet members have said that even if the bill does affect trials involving the premier, it is a much needed reform to a legal system too slow to protect the rights of Italians.

The magistrates guild say the law will annul over 100,000 trials and leave as many victims without justice.

In addition, the magistrates say the judicial system doesn't have the resources to cope with the planned reform, though Fini and Berlusconi have promised millions of euros in new funding if the reform is passed.

Serious crimes like rape and murder are not included in the reform, which only applies to people with a clean criminal record.

The European Union has repeatedly criticised Italy for the sluggishness of its judicial system.

In the World Bank's latest rankings, Italy ranks 156 out of 181 countries for judicial efficiency.

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