Berlusconi has fractured nose, broken teeth

Quickgun Murugan

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Oct 1, 2009
Berlusconi has fractured nose, broken teeth -

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will remain in the hospital at least "another 36 hours," his doctor Alberto Zangrillo said Monday, following an attack that left Berlusconi with broken teeth and a fractured nose.

Berlusconi, 73, is receiving anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory medication, and painkillers, the doctor said.

The man accused of hitting controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the face with a replica of Milan's cathedral was charged with grievous bodily harm and held overnight, Milan police said.

Massimo Tartaglia was kept in Milan's San Vittore prison, authorities said. Under Italian law, police can hold him for up to 48 hours without a judge's order.

Anti-terrorist prosecutor Armanda Spataro has been assigned to investigate the assault, police said.

The attack at a campaign rally Sunday in Milan left Berlusconi bleeding profusely from his left upper lip and cheek. The premier underwent a CAT scan at Milan's San Raffaele Hospital, and his personal physician, Alberto Sangrillon, recommended more tests be done, Berlusconi spokesman Paolo Buonaiuti told CNN.

Berlusconi is feeling well as of Monday morning, his press aide Marco Ventura told CNN. When he woke up, he asked for the newspapers, reports said.

The suspect has a history of mental illness, according to Milan police. The suspect's father said he had never committed a violent act before, Italian media reported.

Berlusconi, a conservative media mogul-turned-politician, has been dogged by allegations of corruption and is the middle of a messy divorce from his second wife. He was in Milan, his hometown and political base, to stump for a local political ally, and blamed his legal woes on his political opponents during the rally.

Milan police said Berlusconi's attacker hit him with a small, metal souvenir replica of the Doumo di Milano, the city's central cathedral, but it was not immediately clear whether the man swung at the prime minister with the object in his hand or threw it at him.

Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that Berlusconi continued to shake hands with supporters for "a couple of minutes" after being hit.

"He remained calm and leaned out the window as he was being driven to the hospital and waved to the crowd," La Russa said.

Buonaiuti said there was "a lot of confusion" surrounding the assault, but he put some of the blame on Berlusconi's critics.

"What I can tell you is that there has been such a buildup of hatred toward the premier, and this is not good," Buonaiuti said.

"This campaign of hatred has been building quite rapidly recently, and I am not surprised that what happened tonight took place."

But Milan police said the man being questioned in connection with the assault was a "mentally unstable" man in his early 40s who had been undergoing psychological treatment for some time. The man, Tartaglia, is the only person arrested and is believed to have acted alone, they said.

The three-term prime minister faces trial on tax fraud charges after Italy's top court struck down an immunity law that shielded him from prosecution. He denies the charges, calling them politically motivated.

And his private life has been in the spotlight since his wife of 19 years, Veronica Lario, filed for divorce in May. The divorce followed allegations that an Italian businessman hired escorts for the premier and that he had attended the birthday party for an 18-year-old girl, with whom he has denied having an inappropriate relationship.

Berlusconi remains popular among the Italian public, however, with his approval ratings remaining well over 50 percent. He won a third term in 2008, and his conservative coalition has control of both the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.


Senior Member
Aug 13, 2009
bloody noses he was getting from the leaders around. now he gets it from a citizen!!


May 4, 2009
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Warning all Ya politicians look out first it was shoes now tourist souvinier items may also be hurled at you.

Discretion advised, stay indoors 24x7 in your office.


Senior Member
Nov 25, 2009
Does the man have any security? If so, they should all be sacked.


New Member
Mar 22, 2009
The Associated Press: Bandaged Berlusconi leaves hospital after attack

Bandaged Berlusconi leaves hospital after attack

By ANTONIO CALANNI (AP) – 1 hour ago

MILAN — A grim-looking Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waved weakly to photographers Thursday as he left a Milan hospital with his face covered in bandages four days after an attack by a mentally ill man at a political rally.

A large bandage covered part of the left side of Berlusconi's face including his nose, which was broken when the man hurled a souvenir statue of Milan's cathedral into the premier's face.

Berlusconi, 73, also broke two teeth in the attack.

Berlusconi took a few steps out of the San Raffaele Hospital before getting into one of several cars in a waiting motorcade.

The media mogul spent several hours at a dentist in Milan before heading to his villa in Arcore, on the outskirts of the city, an aide said on condition of anonymity.

A Swiss media report quoted the mayor of the southern Swiss town of Gravesano as saying Berlusconi was expected in coming days at a posh clinic in the town.

The mayor did not immediately return calls and a member of the premier's staff declined to comment. The Swiss clinic would not comment on the report in the Le Matin tabloid.

The attacker, identified as Massimo Tartaglia, is in a Milan prison.

Berlusconi said in a statement released by his office that he would go on "with more strength and determination than before."

"I will remember two things about these days: the hatred of a few and the love of many, many Italians," the statement said.

Berlusconi, who is fending off a sex scandal and legal troubles, had previously lamented that he was the target of a "climate of hatred." His injuries stirred public sympathy but groups praising Tartaglia mushroomed on Facebook after the attack.

On Wednesday, a judge rejected a bid by Tartaglia's lawyers to have him transferred from jail to a psychiatric hospital.

Known for his seemingly boundless energy, Berlusconi was ordered by his doctors to cancel or reduce public appearances through the Christmas season.

A Cabinet meeting in Rome was held without the premier's presence. Berlusconi was also skipping the last days of the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

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