TAKING A CUE FROM THE ITALIAN COURTS

 

The Italian Authorities have found former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi guilty of bribing a senator in 2006 in an attempt to bring down the then centre-left government. A Naples court sentenced Berlusconi to three years in jail and banned him from holding public office for five years though he will not serve his sentence because a statute of limitations comes into effect later this year, before any appeal can be held. He has denied the charges.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33452260. However the mere fact that he has been found guilty of bribery is a step in the right direction. In Nigeria we have had some high profile corruption cases pending before the courts, which have resulted in a not guilty verdict to the displeasure of most Nigerians. Can the Nigerian Judicial Authorities take a cue from what the Italian courts have done in the Berlusconi case and ensure that people are held to account for their actions.

Contributed by Uchechi Dibiaezue

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