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Berlusconi loses immunity

  After Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyers broke out the “Animal Farm” defense that the prime minister should be first above equals, the Constitutional Court had heard enough, and today they stripped Berlusconi of his immunity. The prime minister’s camp has already called the shocking ruling politically motivated. And the opposition has resumed calls for him to ...

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After Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers broke out the "Animal Farm" defense that the prime minister should be first above equals, the Constitutional Court had heard enough, and today they stripped Berlusconi of his immunity.

The prime minister's camp has already called the shocking ruling politically motivated. And the opposition has resumed calls for him to resign. Berlusconi maintains that he will not step down, and that the immunity law protected him from distractions brought upon him by the judiciary.

 

After Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyers broke out the “Animal Farm” defense that the prime minister should be first above equals, the Constitutional Court had heard enough, and today they stripped Berlusconi of his immunity.

The prime minister’s camp has already called the shocking ruling politically motivated. And the opposition has resumed calls for him to resign. Berlusconi maintains that he will not step down, and that the immunity law protected him from distractions brought upon him by the judiciary.

As of now, none of the three frozen cases have been re-opened; however it may be a matter of time until Berlusconi finds himself on trial for a seventh time.  

ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Bobby Pierce is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

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