Skip to comments.Berlusconi down and humiliated but not out of Italian politics
Posted on 10/27/2012 9:58:16 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Silvio Berlusconi is down and humiliated after a court found him guilty in a massive tax evasion case, but he is too wily to be out of Italian politics.
He was sentenced three times to a total of six years and five months in prison in the late 1990s for corruption, forgery and illegal party financing. But the sentences were either dismissed on appeal or timed out under the statute of limitations.
He will draw succor from a fiercely loyal band of parliamentary allies who, incredibly, advised him to shrug off the conviction, seize back the leadership of his People Of Freedom Party from his supposed successor, former justice minister Angelino Alfano, and offer himself once again as prime minister at the elections due to be held in April. One of the most strident of his cheerleaders is Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of the Fascist dictator.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...