Magistrates in Italy protest Berlusconi`s comments
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 18:57
Rome: Magistrates throughout Italy are protesting Premier Silvio Berlusconi's latest attack against the judiciary.

Berlusconi said earlier this week that "communist prosecutors and communist judges in Milan" are persecuting him for a political vendetta. Berlusconi has a history of legal woes stemming from his business interests in Milan before he entered politics in the mid-1990s.

The association of Italy's magistrates has denounced Berlusconi's comments as "groundless and ridiculous". It announced assemblies today in courtrooms across Italy and said it is considering a strike.

Milan prosecutor Alfredo Robledo said if magistrates are "red" it is for the blood they have spilled defending the law and Italy's Constitution.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 18:57

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