Berlusconi May Have A Cunning Plan To Escape Prosecution In Italy: Running For Election In Bulgaria

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Bulgaria: Berlusconi May Have A Cunning Plan To Escape Prosecution In Italy: Running For Election In Bulgaria Silvio Berlusconi (R) is pictured here during his official visit to Bulgaria at the end of October, 2009, at the invitation of the then Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (L). Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

By Adam Taylor
Business Insider

Silvio Berlusconi has been a constant fixture of Italian politics for decades, but, thanks to a fraud case verdict that effectively barred him from politics and placed him under house arrest, his time at the top may finally be over. The senate voted last week to formally expel him, and his political party, the People of Freedom (PdL), has split.

Berlusconi is an incredibly wiley customer, however — don't forget he rose from a fairly middle class family to become both Italy's richest man and prime minister — and the Italian press suspect he has a plan: Seeking election in Bulgaria.

The idea would revolve around the 2014 European Parliament elections, due to be held in May. Thanks to his fraud conviction, Berlusconi is now ineligible to run for re-election in Italy, but MEP elections remain open to him, and, in theory, any European citizen can run as a candidate for any EU member state. On Sunday, Italian newspaper Libero reported that thanks to his friendship with the former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Bulgaria was a likely target for Berlusconi.

Why would Berlusconi want to be a Bulgarian MEP? Well, for one thing the position would no doubt stroke his ego — it'd be a very Berlusconi-like way to thumb his nose at the Italian liberals who forced him out. But there's another, more practical factor. When Berlusconi was forced out of the senate, he lost the many protections that Italian politicians receive against investigation and prosecution. Being a member of the European Parliament would restore his immunity, and for someone with connections to as many criminal cases as Berlusconi does, that would be a big relief (he's currently appealing a conviction for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing the power of the prime minister's office, amongst other legal wrangles).

Exactly how such a plan would work in practice is a little unclear, however. Italian website Il Post reports that Berlusconi may have to renounce his Italian citizenship and accept Bulgarian citizenship to stand, and that Bulgaria's president, currently Rosen Plevneliev, could give Berlusconi citizenship by special decree. Borisov's party GERB are in opposition right now, but they control a considerable portion of the vote.

Unfortunately for Silvio, GERB have ruled Berlusconi out as a candidate, but a far smaller party has said they would love him to run for them. "Silvio Berlusconi has a place in Bulgarian politics. He is more patriotic than all of our MEPs put together," Yane Yanev, the leader of the Order, Law and Justice (RZS) party, reportedly told the BTV network on Tuesday. "I'll go further, Berlusconi deserves to be the head of our list of candidates at the European elections".

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rhodesia - 5 Dec 2013 // 10:42:33

amongst his alleged crimes is 'sex with an underaged butterfly (prozzie).

Never needed one myself. Mrs Palm and here 5 lovely daughters have always suited me in desperate times however, in his defence.

So many girls appear older than they are.
So many girls act older.
So many girls say they are older.

Dont know the age of consent in Italy, think it is 18 in BG and 16 in UK however if you say to a prozzie. Are you old enough lassie? What is she gonna say in return? She wants the dosh. It is like going into a bar, ordering a drink of Vodka and the barkeeper says...'and how old are you son'? A 16 year old is gonna say 18, 19 etc. Not like I did, first chucked out at 14 ordering a Rum & Blackcurrant. 'How old are you lad'? "14" says I knowing full well I would not be served. I was brought up by parents who ensured I was well mannered and honest!

And, isn't it different if the boot is on the other foot? I know of a Scots woman living near our village with a 17 year old gypsey boy she is 34 or 5 and now selling herself.

greenleader - 5 Dec 2013 // 10:32:39

I quite admire Mr Berlusconi (except for his multiple facelifts) I am 20 years his junior and wish I had half his energy.

A cunning plan ideed. Can you see this government allowing it? I cannot!

Tania Oz - 5 Dec 2013 // 08:34:05

Jeez, what kind of drugs is Yane Yanev on I wonder?? LSD trips??

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