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Offline FoiD

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And it will be no surprise that it goes to Italy!
Well done.  Well done.  It's impressive what they have done with, or possibly more to, democracy all these years.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7501825.stm

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MPs pass Berlusconi immunity bill

Italy's lower house of parliament has voted to pass a controversial immunity bill put forward by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government.

The amendment protects top public officials, including the prime minister and president, from prosecution.

The bill is expected to be passed by the upper house, where Mr Berlusconi enjoys a solid majority, in September.

Critics have labelled the change a made-to-measure piece of legislation to protect the 71-year-old billionaire.

Mr Berlusconi - who was not present in parliament when the bill was passed - currently faces a corruption case involving one of his lawyers, David Mills, the former husband of a British cabinet minister.

'Rough and ready'

He also faces prosecution in Rome for alleged collusion between his Mediaset network and state broadcaster, Rai.

Opposition leader Walter Veltroni said the law was: "Objectively speaking, a law for a single person".

Mr Berlusconi has long claimed that the country's judiciary is politically motivated and is running a campaign against him.

He claims that he has attended 2,500 court hearings, had 587 police visits and spent some 174m euros (£135m; $271m) in legal fees since entering the political scene 14 years ago.

Former prime minister and opposition lawmaker Massimo D'Alema urged the prime minister to "hold his head high and face these judgements".

"This law is a rough and ready measure to block the corruption trial which the president is involved in and perhaps prevent another," he added, according to Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Strike threat

But Italy's Justice Minister Angelino Alfano defended the bill, which was passed by 309 votes to 236, with 30 abstentions.

"Having brilliantly won the elections, Silvio Berlusconi deserves to be able to calmly govern this government. And this country needs to be governed," he said, according to the paper.

Another bill reforming the justice system, which would freeze all trials for alleged crimes committed before 2002, is currently making its way through parliament.

Mr Berlusconi's government say it is a necessary step to speeding up the country's notoriously sluggish legal system but his critics have branded it yet another tailor-made law.

Judges have condemned his various changes to the legal system and have threatened to go on strike. [\quote]

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Wow, that was incrediblt rude, even by your standards.
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Offline Thin

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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 07:52:21 am »
I love it.

Shouldn't the italians have a constitution which prevents this sort of law? Surely the courts would strike it down.

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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 08:31:28 am »
Don't really know, but  the people involved with the courts could be corrupt.
It's a stretch, I know.
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Wow, that was incrediblt rude, even by your standards.
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Offline AshtrayMonument

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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 09:08:40 am »
Those mother fuckers need a revolution.
People always tell me that they're crazy. Crazy people aren't so fucking boring.

Offline Auryn

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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008, 11:29:33 am »
Julius should make himself useful for once and post that article on Italian police he linked in IRC the other day.

But instead he's in France!


Anyhoo, Italy sounds dodgy as fuck the more I hear about it.
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Offline The new Olli (with hair)

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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2008, 09:11:51 pm »
Fuck this, let's all talk about how screwed up the U.S is.
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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008, 01:35:29 am »
Fuck this, let's all talk about how screwed up the U.S is.

I think that would be to easy :P
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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2008, 03:41:22 pm »
Give it two more years or so. I'm sure he'll die due to excessive plastic surgery soon...
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Re: And now the award for the best international comedy award goes to...
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 04:04:41 pm »
Julius should make himself useful for once and post that article on Italian police he linked in IRC the other day.

But instead he's in France!
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