Why Berlusconi Will Probably Avoid Jail Time

Time has just published my story on Berlusconi’s long battle with the courts.

The war between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his country’s judiciary was raised a notch on Wednesday when prosecutors asked for the immediate start of a trial that would see the Premier accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his power to cover it up.

“These trials are a farce,” said Berlusconi at a press conference in Rome. “The accusations are unfounded.” He added that he would attempt to sue the state, and declared that the taxpayer would be the ultimate victim because “the prosecutors can’t be held accountable, and that’s something that needs to be changed and that [our government] will change.”

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