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Italy’s top court has started reviewing a law which shields Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from prosecution.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/06/silvio.berlusconi.art.jpg caption="Silvio Berlusconi introduced the law giving him immunity a year ago."]
Berlusconi introduced the law giving him immunity a year ago, shortly after he was returned for a third term in office.
In doing so he joined the leaders of many other democratic countries in being protected from legal challenge while in office.
In France, for example, the president is immune from all prosecution, a provision claimed by President Chirac to avoid prosecution over allegations of corruption from his time as Mayor of Paris.
In America, though, the president is less protected. Bill Clinton faced a prolonged court case over accusations of sexual misconduct while Governor of Arkansas, as well as an impeachment attempt in Congress.
What's your view? Can national political leaders ever be above the law? Or is the threat of legal action too often just another political tool?
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