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Silvio Berlusconi is not allowed to come to Dublin

He had applied for a permit to come to the European Popular Party conference this week by a Milan court has rejected his application.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at an EU summit in 2011.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at an EU summit in 2011.
Image: Michel Euler/AP

A COURT IN Milan has denied a request by the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to attend the European People’s Party conference in Dublin this week.

Berlusconi had his passport confiscated when he was found guilty of tax fraud in Italy. He can only travel outside the country if granted a temporary permit by judges and a request to be allowed to travel here for the conference on Thursday and Friday was today rejected, Reuters reports.

The conference, which is being held in Dublin by the European Parliament’s largest political group, will host 2,000 participants including heads of state, leaders of EU institutions, ministers and party leaders.

Next month, a court will decide whether the former prime minister should face house arrest or community service. Berlusconi has repeatedly protested his innocence in all cases against him.

In November he was expelled from the country’s parliament after being slapped with a six year ban from politics. However the billionaire tycoon vowed to “fight on”.

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