ITALY: Business as usual
Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and the country's judiciary have been engaged in an ongoing battle concerning corruption charges. Jan Harvey examines the effects of the dispute on commercial litigation in Italy
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 power to avoid prosecution for criminal offences committed prior to his election.
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