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Berlusconi faces sex & abuse of power charges


Queen’s University political studies professor Grant Amyot is available to talk about today’s news that Italian prosecutors have charged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with having sex with an underage prostitute and then improperly using his power to request she be released from police custody after she was arrested for theft.

“This charge is the biggest threat to Berlusconi’s political career. In his previous trials, he got his party to pass laws to delay the proceedings or suspend the trials. But this will be much harder to do because this trial is coming up so quickly on April 6,” says Dr. Amyot. “What is getting headlines is the underage prostitution charge, but what Berlusconi should be more worried about is the abuse of power charge, which carries a longer sentence. If convicted, he could be barred from holding public office.”

Dr. Amyot specializes in Italian politics and is the editor and co-author of the book The End of the Berlusconi Era?

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