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Last updated: 8 october, 2009 - 10:59 GMT

Berlusconi's immunity from prosecution 'violates constitution'

Silvio Berlusconi

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Italy's highest court has ruled that a law granting the prime minister immunity from prosecution violates the constitution.

Silvio Berlusconi's approval ratings have already suffered after the summer's sex scandals.

Now, this decision could re-open outstanding corruption proceedings against Mr Berlusconi.

It has also prompted calls for him to resign.

He says he is staying put, even if everyone including the president is against him.

Beppe Severgnini writes for the Corriere della Sera newspaper in Milan.

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First broadcast 8 October 2009

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