Human rights court on Berlusconi case

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2017

Berlusconi was not present at the hearing.

The "Berlusconi versus Italy" case is being heard by 17 judges who make up the court's Grand Chamber, which is used for particularly important and complex matters.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) began hearing appeal arguments on Wednesday that an Italian court had violated former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's rights by banning him from holding public office over tax fraudusing retroactively applied legislation.

Berlusconi, he added, "was deprived of his seat with a vote in a Senate composed in majority by his adversaries: this was not justice but a Roman amphitheater in which a majority of thumbs down or thumbs up decide whether one sinks or not".

Lawyers for the Italian government, on the other hand, argued that Berlusconi's punishment was fully in line with the law.

The so-called Severino anti-corruption law banning convicted felons from holding public office "was implemented for facts contested for the years 1995-1998, 15 years before the law was adopted", the lawyer told the court in Strasbourg.

He was first found guilty in 2012, in connection with offences dating back to the 1990s, and sentenced to four years in prison (later commuted).

The "Berlusconi vs Italy" case is seen as being part of that attempt. The beleaguered former prime minister has denied all wrongdoing and his lawyers are hoping a lifting of the ban will mean he can run in the next Italian election expected to take place in early 2018. In an interview on Wednesday with la Repubblica newspaper, Berlusconi said he would still be campaigning for his party whether he can stand for office or not.

Italian politician and billionaire businessman Silvio Berlusconi has taken his fight to become eligible for next year's Italian election to the European Court of Human Rights. "Irrespective of whether I can stand, I'll be a player and I'll bring the centre-right to power", he said.

Somewhat surprisingly, Berlusconi's political revival is now viewed as "a force of stability" by financial markets, Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen, head of multi-asset strategy at NN Investment Partners, told CNBC Wednesday.

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