Mr Berlusconi's critics charge that he has spent too much of his time in power pushing through laws to help his business interests and protect him from a series of legal inquiries into his business dealings, including one measure granting him and state officials immunity from prosecution, later declared unconstitutional.
He has been variously accused of embezzlement, tax fraud and false accounting, and attempting to bribe a judge…
During the election campaign, he managed to upset China by claiming its communist regime once boiled babies to make fertiliser, a dig at Prodi's allies.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Kleptocrat gets the boot
The most corrupt leader in Europe's recent history has finally got the boot in today's Italian election results: