On October 7, 2009, the Italian Constitutional Court struck down a 2008 law granting immunity from prosecution to the four highest officials of the country, including Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The court found that the law violated constitutional provisions making all citizens are equal before the law. The 2008 law, Lodo Alfano, was a second attempt to block prosecution against Berlusconi through immunity legislation. The decision allowed cases against Berlusconi to be reopened.
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