Italian Senate expels former PM Berlusconi

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been expelled from the Senate after being found guilty of tax fraud.

Italian Senate expels former PM Berlusconi

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Italian Senate voted Wednesday to expel former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from the parliament over his conviction for tax fraud and banned him from politics for at least 6 years.

The decision, however, does not necessarily mean that the political career of the 77-year old ex-PM has ended.

"I declare November 27 as the day of mourning for democracy," Berlusconi said addressing thousands of his supporters gathered out of his home in capital Rome prior to the voting at the Senate.

He will remain in politics as he vowed ahead of the vote "for the good of Italy", although he won't hold a seat in the parliament.

Berlusconi was convicted of several crimes including tax fraud and paying for sex with an underage prostitute, and abusing the powers of the prime minister's office for a breach of confidentiality over a police wiretap.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 09:40
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