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(New Europe)   Italian justice system just got loopholed yet again, but this time is too funny to leave unnoticed. Long story short, Berlusconi considers running as a Bulgarian MEP, immunity granted Bam   (neurope.eu) divider line 6
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2013-12-04 09:08:13 AM
Will there be any bunga bunga?
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2013-12-04 09:30:40 AM
Headline doesn't really explain it well, so I'll take a stab:

1) MEP is a Member of the European Parliament

2) Any European citizen can run for an MEP spot in any member country

3) If you're elected, you receive immunity from "any form of inquiry, detention, or legal proceedings in respect of opinions expressed or votes cast by them in the performance of their duties."

4) Berlusconi needs immunity because he's been convicted of tax fraud (2012) and the sentence was recently upheld (Aug 2013)

5) He's picked Bulgaria because he's buddy-buddy with the Prime Minister (who has already said, "he's not running on MY party's ticket")
 
2013-12-04 09:31:07 AM
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2013-12-04 09:42:42 AM
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2013-12-04 10:50:46 AM

phyrkrakr: 3) If you're elected, you receive immunity from "any form of inquiry, detention, or legal proceedings in respect of opinions expressed or votes cast by them in the performance of their duties."


Except that wouldn't apply to his actions before being a MEP, nor would it cover corruption by an active MEP.

According to the Italian media, Berlusconi is thinking to run as a candidate for the European Parliament by taking advantage of the EU law, which allows every EU citizen to run in any EU country in the European elections.

WTF?
 
2013-12-04 03:00:37 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Except that wouldn't apply to his actions before being a MEP, nor would it cover corruption by an active MEP.


Oh yeah, definitely, unless there's something specific in Italian law that gives him cover. I'm pretty sure all of those protections under Italian law have already been stripped, however, which is why he's looking for cover from the EP. Also, I believe this has been tried before, by some dude in England a few years back who was banged up for fraud. IIRC, it didn't work then, either.
 
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