Italy's Berlusconi: 600 000 migrants 'ready' to commit crime

2018-02-06 09:22
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Filippo Monteforte, AFP)

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. (Filippo Monteforte, AFP)

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Rome - Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has asserted that 600 000 migrants who arrived illegally in Italy are "ready" to commit crimes and his center-right party would send nearly all back to their home countries.

Berlusconi made the comments in a TV interview on Sunday, a day after an alleged far-right extremist was arrested for allegedly shooting six Africans in a central Italian town. The interview was with TG5, part of his media empire.

His opponents sought to gain traction on the remarks on Monday. Democratic Party chief Matteo Renzi and populist 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio are blaming some of the policies during Berlusconi's three stints in office for the influx of migrants that have become a dominant campaign theme in Italy's March 4 election.

Berlusconi is ineligible for office due to a tax fraud conviction.

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