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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Italy parliament approved bill shielding Berlusconi from trial
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On March 10, 2010, the Italian Senate approved a bill that gave Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other cabinet ministers temporary immunity against criminal charges on the grounds that standing trial would interfere with their official duties. At the time of the bill's 169-126 passage, following approval from the Italian parliament's lower house, Berlusconi faced charges of corruption and tax fraud. After Italian judges questioned the constitutionality of the law, the Italian Constitutional Court struck down the portions of the law granting executive immunity. Berlusconi resigned as Prime Minister in November 2011 and the corruption charges against him were dropped in February 2012. However, he continues to face additional criminal charges in relation to this tenure as prime minister.

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