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Berlusconi Blasts 'Feminist, Communist' Judges

He's upset about his divorce settlement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Berlusconi Blasts 'Feminist, Communist' Judges
Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he is interviewed during a television show recorded in Rome, Italy, Jan. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

(Newser) – Milan court officials have defended the impartiality of their judges after ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi blamed "feminist, communist" magistrates for his $260,000-a-day divorce settlement. Berlusconi made the accusation in an interview with the La7 private television network and said he was appealing the settlement with his second ex-wife, Veronica Lario. "These are three women judges, feminists and communists, OK?" he said. "These are the Milan judges who have persecuted me since 1994."

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The president of the Milan tribunal and the head of the appeals court released a statement saying they "strongly rejected any insinuation of impartiality" of the tribunal's judges, whom they described as "diligent professionals." (Read more Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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