Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Marina Berlusconi appears before Palermo prosecutors


(ANSA) - Palermo, July 24 - Silvio Berlusconi's daughter
Marina appeared before prosecutors in Palermo on Tuesday for
questioning regarding investigations into allegations the
ex-premier was a victim of extortion by his former aide, senator
Marcello Dell'Utri.
Marina Berlusconi is the president of the family holding
company Fininvest and of its publishing group Mondadori.
She was expected to be asked about two loans made to
Dell'Utri in 2003 to a total of over 1.1 million euros from an
account held jointly with her father.
Dell'Utri is alleged to have received around 40 million
euros from Berlusconi over 10 years.
Investigators believe the money served to buy the lawmaker's
silence about alleged relations with the Sicilian mafia or
protection from it.
The investigations come after Italy's supreme Court of
Cassation in March ordered a retrial of Dell'Utri after he
received a seven-year jail sentence for allegedly helping the
Mafia on grounds that his legal rights had not been respected in
the appeal against the original conviction.
However in its explanation of its decision to order a
retrial, the court also said there was evidence that Dell'Utri
had acted as an intermediary with the mafia for the ex-premier,
handing on "substantial sums" of money for protection.
Marina Berlusconi is being questioned as a person with
knowledge of events and neither she nor her father are
reportedly being probed in this case.

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