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    Nine years ago the decline, Berlusconi starts from the Senate

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    One era was over – as the foreign press reported on Silvio Berlusconi’s exit from Parliament – but another could begin. Same protagonist, at almost 86 years old, and same arena: that “stepfather” Senate who on 27 November 2013 decided the forfeiture of the Cavaliere as parliamentary, with 9 votes. Effect of the Severino law which imposes a halt to any elected office after particularly serious convictions. The decisive one, for the former prime minister, were the 4 years inflicted for tax fraud in the trial on the purchase and sale of Mediaset rights. “It is a day of mourning for democracy” then thundered the Knight. Nine years later, the mourning seems to be over. And now the dean of Italian politics gives in to the pressing of “many, even outside Forza Italia” – he reveals – and announces that he will re-nominate himself to Palazzo Madama.

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    In short, he keeps the promise made to his ‘people’ gathered in front of Palazzo Grazioli that afternoon: “We will not retire to some convent, we are here, we will stay here ”, he said. The shame suffered in the Senate hall is too heavy. pronounce the verdict, after the vote, the then president Pietro Grasso. From the left there was a respectful silence, a timid applause came from the 5 Stars. But the seat of the no-more-senator was already empty. The tension exploded outside the Palaces , between those who toasted asking for jail and those who lit lights wearing black. Berlusconi did not resign himself and turned to the European Court of Human Rights. In his appeal he pointed the finger at Italy, guilty of violating his right in various ways to a fair trial, not to be tried for a crime that had been challenged in 2 other cases and denouncing the retroactive application of the law. In 2018 the case was closed. For the Court, there were no conditions to continue the proc edimento, he wrote, as there are no longer “any special circumstances concerning respect for human rights”. Shortly before, Berlusconi had informed the Strasbourg judges that he did not want to go ahead with the appeal, asking for it to be canceled. In the meantime, his unbelievable reliability had faded and the Italian leader gave up, convinced that there was “no adequate compensation” for the forfeiture. Apart from a new election, which he hopes for 9 years later.

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    Source: Ansa

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