Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Ruling hits Berlusconi immunity bid

A top court has rejected an immunity law shielding Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi from trial

A top Italian court has rejected as unconstitutional an immunity law shielding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from trial but maintained some room for immunity.

The Constitutional Court's ruling stopped short of completely rejecting the law shielding Mr Berlusconi, which would have immediately reopened two trials, on corruption and tax fraud charges respectively.

But it also gives judges discretion in deciding whether the premier should be exempt from trial.

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