Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Impunity for the powerful

The Guardian has an impeccable article on Androtti's conviction. Besides being informative and correct (though I wonder if people can follow the dark convolutions of Italian history through its most terrible turns) it ends with the ominous note everybody has been pointing out to me these last few days:

Paradoxically, the fate of a man who always
emphasised his faith in the justice system is
likely to be used by Mr Berlusconi and his allies
to mount a renewed assault on the judiciary, for
the rules and traditions of which the present
prime minister has scant regard. The result could
be a reduction in the autonomy of the magistrates
and a return to the impunity of the powerful: the
principle that characterised, perhaps more than
any other, the Andreotti years that have just been


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