Italian lawmakers debate Berlusconi expulsion in Senate
ROME (AFP) - An Italian Senate committee debated a motion to expel Mr Silvio Berlusconi from parliament following his criminal conviction in a further humiliation for the embattled billionaire tycoon.
Senators were tipped to approve the motion in a vote expected later on Friday, a move that could add to the political tensions that threatened to topple the coalition government earlier this week.
A vote by the full Senate chamber required for the motion to be definitively approved is set for later in October and would mean Mr Berlusconi being out of parliament for the first time since 1994.
Mr Berlusconi's lawyers did not attend Friday's hearing and said in a statement that the committee, which is dominated by leftist opponents of Mr Berlusconi, "does not even appear impartial".