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Here an extract from the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s statements at the press conference of G8 summit.
Berlusconi read a message and then replied to some Italian journalists’ questions.
“Media featured my private conversation with US President prominently. It has been reported only a fragment taken out of a wider argument’s context,” he began.
“I think it’s definitely my institutional duty, whenever I have the opportunity to meet other leaders, to explain them what is the situation in Italy, also in relation to those events which may undermine the country’s credibility and that of the one who represents it.”
And then he started attacking the judges: “I repeat that in our country there is an intolerable situation of interference of some public prosecutors, towards the people’s representatives who have been elected democratically, with groundless accusations,” – referring to his personal life -.
“Those judges who interfered with the political life of the country and caused also government crisis,” he added.
“The original balances provided for by the original constitution failed.” […]
“It’s dutiful to explain the situation to those who may not understand it, especially abroad, because it may be distorted by the media which, instead of reporting the news, aim at delegitimizing our institutions.” […]
“It’s fundamental knowing about the persecution which I have been subjected, and about the attempt to attack me, even from the patrimonial point of view,[…] with the only attempt to take me away from the political scene, to help that Left which didn’t succeed in doing it at the polls.”
Then he started replying to journalists’ question about why he decided to talk about Italian justice in occasion of an international summit.
“I just defended the Prime Minister’s institution.” […]
And when he was asked to which leaders he talked he said: “Besides Obama I talked to all the leaders. I thought it was my duty to inform them about the situation in Italy.”
“It’s outrageous that you are not scandalized at the twenty four charges pending on me which were dropped and that you keep on exaggerating and emphasizing. I repeat another time “shame on you!” he thundered to journalists.
[…] “Justice is the pathology of our democracy. It’s a very serious problem, but at last we have a strong majority to pass the justice reform.”
And to conclude a comment about the future and the justice reform: “I won’t drop out of politics until there won’t be a right justice that may warrant to citizens to be adjudicated by independent judges, and not because the accused is a friend or an enemy but only on merit.”