'I’m a top Isis target': Berlusconi

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Silvio Berlusconi reportedly claims he is an Isis target. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP
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Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has claimed he’s a top target of the Islamic militant group, Isis, and for this reason he can only take part in closed-door political campaigns.

So this rules him out of any outdoor rallies on behalf of his Forza Italia party in the run-up to the regional elections at the end of May.

“I’m among the targets of Isis, I’m at the top,” Berlusconi said during a meeting with Forza Italia deputies, Corriere reported, citing party sources.

In early March, the 78-year-old was cleared of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as premier to cover it up.

The acquittal left him free to resume a central role in politics at the helm of Forza Italia. He has also hinted at running for mayor of Milan, it was reported last month.

Embroiled in legal wrangles for the past 20 years, he was sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted in 2013 of tax fraud. But that jail term was instead converted to community service at a home for dementia suffers in Milan, which was cut short in March for good behaviour.

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