360° Coverage : Berlusconi faces trial in bribery case

Berlusconi faces trial in bribery case

Rome, Oct 24 (IANS) Prosecutors in Italy's Naples Wednesday sent former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to trial for allegedly bribing a former senator to change political sides, media reported.

Oct 23 2013, 5:46pm CDT | by IANS

Berlusconi faces trial in bribery case
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Rome, Oct 24 — Prosecutors in Italy's Naples Wednesday sent former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to trial for allegedly bribing a former senator to change political sides, media reported.

The probe involved three million euros allegedly paid to Senator Sergio De Gregorio, who defected from the centre-left during Romano Prodi's 2006-2008 government to join Berlusconi's centre-right party, Xinhua reported citing some media reports.

According to ANSA news agency, the trial will start Feb 11. Valter Lavitola, an associate of Berlusconi, was also indicted for allegedly acting as a go-between.

Berlusconi is also preparing to appeal to Italy's highest court against a two-year ban from holding public offices, which was handed in by a Milan appeals court last week for tax fraud of his television network.

The Senate is expected to vote next weeks on whether to expel the 77-year-old following the guilty verdict on the basis of a 2012 anti-corruption law.

The tax fraud conviction, which was the first final guilty verdict for Berlusconi in 20 years of fighting legal cases, also included a jail term which was reduced from four years to one year by a 2006 pardon.

The three-time premier and media tycoon has filed a request to Milan prosecutors to do one year of social work rather than house arrest to serve the verdict.

He is then appealing other sentences in separate probes on paying a minor for sex and for being involved in the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap in Italian courts.

Berlusconi, who has ruled Italy for almost 10 years, has been tried in around 30 cases. But he was never given a definitive conviction as verdicts have always either been overturned on appeal or the statute of limitations ran out.

He has denied any wrongdoing in each case claiming that he was the victim of persecution by a left-wing judiciary.

Berlusconi recently failed in an attempt to bring down Prime Minister Enrico Letta's coalition government when some members of his centre-right party disobeyed him for the first time ahead of a crucial confidence vote in parliament.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Thailand Flagged from ICAO on Aviation Safety
Thailand Flagged from ICAO on Aviation Safety
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given Thailand a red-flag for not handling safety concerns properly. But how can the nation rebuild a reputation?
 
 
Hillary Clinton looks for allies and harnesses in 2016 presidential campaign
Hillary Clinton looks for allies and harnesses in 2016 presidential campaign
Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 presidential campaign on June 13 in New York City to a packed crowd. But did the politician promise anything new, or is this a rehash of 2008?
 
 
Hundreds of Migrant Bodies Found in Malaysian Mass Graves
Hundreds of Migrant Bodies Found in Malaysian Mass Graves
Contrary to previous official Malaysian statements, human traffickers and migrant bodies have been discovered near detention camps. International pressure mounts as the truth is revealed to the world.
 
 
Hillary Clinton Talks SCOTUS Nominees
Hillary Clinton Talks SCOTUS Nominees
The presidential-hopeful told a group of supports what she's looking for in potential SCOTUS nominees.