Berlusconi complains to Obama about his legal woes

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi complained to US President Barack Obama about his legal woes during an informal chat at the G8 summit in Deauville, Italian newspapers reported.

Updated: May 27, 2011, 22:34 PM IST

Rome: Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi complained to US President Barack Obama about his
legal woes during an informal chat at the G8 summit in
Deauville, Italian newspapers reported on Friday.

Berlusconi, who has a long history of legal troubles
and is currently on trial for having sex with an underage
prostitute, told a visibly uncomfortable Obama on Thursday
there was "a dictatorship of left-wing judges" in Italy.

Italian commentators ridiculed Berlusconi`s antics on
the international stage after he walked over to Obama at the
start of a roundtable discussion on global issues, put his arm
over the US president`s chair and began chatting.

"I have had 31 trials against me and I`ve always been
acquitted," Berlusconi told Obama, according to a lip-reading
analysis of video footage.

Berlusconi has had some initial convictions but many
cases against him have expired under a statute of limitations
or he has been acquitted on appeal.

The 74-year-old premier is currently a defendant in
three trials in Milan.

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the main opposition
Democratic Party, joked, "I don`t know if Berlusconi is going
to ask Obama for NATO intervention."

Left-wing daily La Repubblica commented, "Here is a
prime minister who uses the international scene to harm his
country by discrediting it."

PTI