Business as usual
The high-profile clash between the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his country's judiciary has made headlines around the world. But what tangible impact is it likely to have on commercial litigation? Jan Harvey finds out
The plot seems almost too bizarre to be true. Two years after his election, Italy’s centre right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and the country’s magistrates – who act as both judges and public prosecutors – appear to be doing their level best to destroy one another’s credibility through mutual accusations of corruption. The judiciary, says Berlusconi, is at the centre of a leftist plot to force him from power. Berlusconi, says the judiciary, is abusing his executive power to avoid prosecution for criminal offences committed prior to his election.
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