A NEW ITALY – President Sergio Mattarella | Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (02|2015) – NO SAME OLD ITALY – ROMA, MAFIA CAPITALE VISTA DAL MONDO: Italy’s Berlusconi allowed to end community service sentence early, REUTERS NEWS, USA (02|02|2015).
Martin G. Conde If Italy cannot put and keep Berlusconi in Jail for his numerous crimes spanning 20 years or more. Can you imagine Italy trying to deal with the future ISIS threat in Italy? The ISIS will make Mussolini’s march thru Rome in 1922, look like the parade at Disneyland.
Martin G. Conde Se l’Italia non può mettere e tenere Berlusconi in prigione per i suoi numerosi crimini che abbracciano 20 anni o più. Potete immaginare l’Italia cercando di affrontare la minaccia futura ISIS in Italia? L’ISIS farà marcia di Mussolini attraverso Roma nel 1922, simile alla parata a Disneyland.
(Reuters) – Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was granted a request on Monday to end his community service sentence for tax fraud 45 days early for good behavior, making him a free agent from early next month.
Last year, the 78-year-old media magnate had a four-year jail sentence commuted into an order to spend four hours a week for a year at a center for Alzheimer’s patients, restricting his movements and political activities.
Berlusconi’s petition to have the sentence reduced was filed last month and approved on Monday by Milan judge Beatrice Crosti, over the objection of prosecutors, legal sources said.
From March 8, the four-time prime minister, still the most influential politician in Italy’s center, will get his passport back and no longer have any restriction on his movement.
Berlusconi’s conviction cost him his seat in the Senate and prevented him from running for election for six years, restrictions that he is still battling to have removed.
He has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and is also hoping for a legislative reprieve from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, with whom he has been working closely to draft electoral and constitutional reforms.
A political storm blew up last month when Italian media discovered a last-minute government amendment to a tax bill that would have de-criminalized balance sheet fraud for any sum below 3 percent of a company’s annual income.
The amendment would have wiped out Berlusconi’s conviction and meant he was once more eligible for office.
Renzi backed down after an outcry from much of his own center Democratic Party but, rather than just scrap the amendment, he put the whole bill on ice and said he would review it at the end of this month.
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— Italy’s Berlusconi allowed to end community service sentence early, REUTERS NEWS, USA (02|02|2015).