Top Court Overturns Italian Premier's Immunity

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ROME (AP) - News reports say a top Italian court has overturned an immunity law shielding Premier Silvio Berlusconi from a corruption trial in Milan.

The ruling could put pressure on him to resign and hold an early election.

The law grants immunity from prosecution to the country's four top office holders while in office. That includes the premier, the president of the republic and the two parliament speakers.

The ANSA and Apcom news agencies said the Constitutional Court's
15 judges made the decision Wednesday after two days of deliberations. The court's ruling cannot be appealed.

As a result, the Milan proceedings are expected to resume.

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