Berlusconi fights to the end to keep Senate seat

Silvio Berlusconi is fighting to the very end, claiming that newly recovered documents from America will exonerate him from a devastating tax fraud conviction even though the trial is over and his guilty verdict has been upheld by Italy`s highest court.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013, 20:13 PM IST

Rome: Silvio Berlusconi is fighting to the very end, claiming that newly recovered documents from America will exonerate him from a devastating tax fraud conviction even though the trial is over and his guilty verdict has been upheld by Italy`s highest court.

Berlusconi`s latest salvo came 48 hours before the Senate is due to vote on whether to kick him out of Parliament because of the conviction.

The 77-year-old media mogul has said his removal from parliament would amount to a government coup, even though he has no role in the government.

Berlusconi is to elaborate on the documents later today, an event that has the air of a desperate performance by the master politician aimed at fending off the expulsion vote.