Monday, 11 March 2013

Silvio Berlusconi and his sensitivity to light

Saturday, 9 March, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi takes refuge from Italian judiciary in Milan hospital as two of his trials resume and the country gets stuck in political deadlock.

Last Saturday Silvio Berlusconi was expected to appear in court – the Mediaset trial was on, and the Rubygate was also reaching its apex – but his lawyers gave way to an «escalation of medical certifications» (as prosecutor Ilda Boccassini put it) in order to provide the former prime minister of Italy with a «legitimate impediment», a lawful excuse not to attend.

Fabrizio Cicchitto declares that «a Stalinist court that sent Nazi doctors to examine Berlusconi,»
Cicchitto: «a Stalinist court that sent Nazi doctors to examine Berlusconi,»
What's the matter with him? Uveitis, a kind of conjunctivitis that causes sensitivity to light, headaches, blurred vision and other unpleasant symptoms. Not many chances that the judiciary and Silvio Belusconi will get to see eye to eye... The media tycoon has being treated at Milan's San Raffaele hospital.

It partially worked, as Silvio's request was accepted by the Ruby sex scandal case court, but was rejected by «a Stalinist court that sent Nazi doctors to examine Berlusconi,», as Fabrizio Cicchitto - a top official in the People of Freedom party (PDL) - put it, and found out that Berlusconi could easily attend to a trial, perhaps wearing a fashionable pair of sunglasses. (Translator's note: Historians might find it remarkable that Nazis and Bolsheviks finally found a way to join their goals, just for the sake of bringing Silvio down...).

Silvio Berlusconi can't see a thing, is it uveitis?
Silvio can't see a thing
In order to protest against the persecuting prosecutors, the PdL (People of Liberty Party) has organised a «silent demonstration» for today (but Silvio asked Mariastella Gelmini – the promoter – to put it off), and a very noisy one on 23 March 2013 in Rome.

In the meanwhile it's no news that Italy finds itself in a deadlock: the Democratic Party has not a majority to rule by itself, they'd prefer to die in agony rather than ally with Berlusconi's PdL, and Beppe Grillo said that if he's movement – the anti-establishment five Star Movement – decides to bestow a trust vote to any of the traditional parties, he would resign. The PdL will meet up today, to decide the next moves, if Silvio will be released by the doctors.

So, today ex-premier of Italy Silvio is expected to leave the hospital, and – of course – he will find quite a crowd waiting for him at the exit of the clinic … Our blog will be (virtually) there!