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Italy's Berlusconi Urges Immunity For Top Officials

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Italy's Berlusconi Urges Immunity For Top Officials

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Italy's Berlusconi Urges Immunity For Top Officials

Italy's Berlusconi Urges Immunity For Top Officials

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In Italy on Tuesday, opposition parties protested Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's efforts to pass legislation that would grant immunity from prosecution to the country's top four officials. That includes Berlusconi, who is being tried on corruption charges and is under investigation for bribery.

The government insists the law is needed to allow the officials to serve without worries. But critics have warned that democracy is in trouble.