Friday, October 26, 2007

Italy's Teflon Don

There are certain givens in life: death, taxes, and so on. In Italy, there's one that's particular to the country: Milan owner and ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will never see any criminal charges bring him down, at least in his lifetime. The news today is that he got off on corruption charges dating back to the 1980s.

You'd be forgiven for seeing today's headline and thinking, "didn't I see that article already?" Yeah, you have here, here, etc.

For a man who has at various times compared himself to Napoleon, Churchill, and Jesus Christ, Berlusconi has skirted charges concerning the bribing of a judge, false accounting (concerning Milan transfers), tax fraud, illegal political financing, and the bribing of government financial inspectors.

Teflon indeed.

Berlusconi acquittal confirmed [ANSA]
Berlusconi cleared of corruption [BBC]
Berlusconi cleared of corruption [BBC]
Berlusconi granted immunity [BBC]


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