June 12, 1995 |
Italians Allow Berlusconi to Keep TV Networks: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi can continue to own three television stations, voters decided in a referendum, according to early projections. The stations can also continue to show advertisements during movies, according to the exit polls. These were among 12 issues put to Italian voters in Sunday's referendum. Final results will be known today.
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December 8, 1994
Antonio di Pietro, the Milan magistrate who has set the pace in Italy's long-running "clean hands" investigation into government corruption, abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday. He claimed he was being abused both by those who wished to interfere with his investigation and those who wished to use it for their own political ends. It was time, he said, to "depersonalize" the investigation by ending his association with it.
November 24, 1994 |
Top government officials from 138 countries launched a drive Wednesday against cross-border crime with a two-part program to combat the world's organized criminals. Alarmed at the rising power of international gangs, a U.N.-convened conference approved the "Naples declaration" in which delegates pledged themselves to crack down harder on crime on their own turf and cooperate closely with other countries.
February 2, 1995 |
Finally confirmed in office, Italian Prime Minister Lamberto Dini flies to Washington tonight for a Friday lunch with President Clinton--a repast of two would-be reformers grappling with parliamentary headaches and cloudy futures. Dini, 63, won a vote of confidence Wednesday in the Italian Senate for a government of nonpolitical experts that he assembled Jan. 7. It was not senators on the political right--Dini's side of the house--who backed him, though.
March 3, 2002 |
More than 100,000 people marched behind Italy's re-energized center-left opposition leaders Saturday to denounce government measures aimed at shielding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from criminal prosecution and the loss of his multibillion-dollar business empire. The festive, peaceful demonstration was the biggest against the country's richest individual since his center-right coalition swept to victory last May and bigger than any rally of the election campaign that preceded it.
August 1, 2013 |
ROME - Italy's high court on Thursday upheld a conviction of tax fraud and a four-year prison sentence for Silvio Berlusconi, the first time that the media mogul and three-time prime minister has received a definitive conviction and sentence in his 20-year dominance of Italian politics. The verdict may signal the unwinding of Berlusconi's colorful political career and could also undermine Italy's fragile coalition government. The court declined to rule on a five-year ban on political office that Berlusconi had been handed by a lower appeals court, sending the matter back to the lower court for reconsideration.