Prescription, Pd and M5S reject the Costa amendment in committee. Italia Viva votes with the oppositions

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On the prescription the majority splits in the Chamber. The Renzians of Italia viva vote together with Forza Italia, Lega, Fdl and a member of the mixed group to ask to cancel the reform of the Guardasigilli Alfonso Bonafede and say yes to the proposal by the head of the Forces Justice Enrico Costa, who for months has been waging a tough battle against the “short” prescription sponsored by the Criminal Chambers who made a five-day strike in early December with lots of rallies in Piazza Cavour in Rome where the Cassation is located.

A minute after the vote in Montecitorio the Minister of Justice grillino reacts and says: “I take note of the rejection. In the next few days I will present the reform of the criminal trial”. The Pd, M5S and Leu vote for it. It ends 23 to 22. And immediately the controversy breaks out because the chairman of the Justice Commission Francesca Businarolo of M5S, who usually does not vote, this time smilingly expressing her opinion. Against Costa and the reset of the Bonafede. If Businarolo had not voted, it would have ended in a tie and the Costa proposal would not have been rejected because it requires the majority of the votes to be able to do so. Costa in turn immediately launches the challenge to the majority again: “We will see how it will end on January 27 when my proposal will arrive in the courtroom”. His belief is that with the secret vote even many members of the Democratic Party could vote against the law of Bonafede which provides for the blocking of the prescription after the first instance trial.

Today’s vote on prescription is not a surprise after 90 minutes of very lively discussion on the fourth floor of the Chamber. He had been tense for days. And the outcome was practically taken for granted. For more than one reason. First of all because Italy lives, on prescription, has repeatedly distanced itself from Pd and M5S. Not only in words, but also in deeds. Because twice she abstained on Costa’s attempts to stop the entry into force of the law, and then, during the agenda voting on the fiscal maneuver, on December 23, in the middle of the night, she had already expressed herself in favor of Costa’s request to block the entry into force of the law. Not only. The Renzians, in the last summit on justice with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, also rejected his alternative measures, accepted by Bonafede, which limit the “short” prescription to only the first instance trials that end with an acquittal.

Today the Renzian group leader Lucia Annibali motivated her vote in favor of Costa as follows: “We continue our path of consistency. Sorry, however, to take note that the Democratic Party has decided to withdraw on principles such as those of law and fair trial for go to tow M5S also on justice “. And again: “The Democratic Party shows that it is” cricketing. But the problem is not the future of the Democratic Party, but the risk of legal barbarization because an endless trial is the end of justice. “Theses to which, with equally harsh tones, both Walter Verini, the Chief Justice of the Democratic Party, replied that Alfredo Bazoli, dem group leader in the commission. Verini said he was “against a political use of justice”, acknowledged Bonafede “that he sought acceptable mediation, gave us satisfaction, so much so that soon it will be presented in the Council of Ministers a bill of delegation “. So, according to Verini,” a great step forward has been made “.

The accusations of Costa, which at the end of the session, speak of “a truly significant political result because the majority, however split, is saved only with the decisive vote of the President of the Commission, who until now had never participated in the voting. as if the referee suddenly scored the decisive goal. ” Costa’s prediction is that “today’s is only the first half of the game, because the second half will be celebrated in the courtroom on January 27th. And we are convinced that we can overturn the result”. Businarolo’s reply was just as quick, instead defending his vote defined as “a choice consistent with the regulation and already made by my predecessors and other current colleagues”.


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