Sunday, December 12, 2004

Inexplicably, I care about Silvio Berlusconi.

I want him to be proven to be a good guy, and I want him to fix the economic problems Italy suffers from.

Berlusconi cleared of bribing judges
By Bruce Johnston in Rome
(Filed: 11/12/2004)

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, was cleared yesterday of two charges of bribing judges - one on a technicality.

The ruling did not clear Mr Berlusconi of corrupting a judge with a $434,000 bribe in 1991, but a conviction could not be allowed because of a time limit.
Hours before the verdict, it was announced that he would visit George W Bush next week.

This was Mr Berlusconi's sixth major trial. He was convicted before becoming prime minister for the second time in 2001 but avoided jail on appeal or by a statute of limitation on time.

Italy's politics are way too interesting. Somehow it reminds me of Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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