Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
PALERMO

Berlusconi aide's wife probed for money laundering

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(ANSA) - Palermo, September 18 - Prosecutors in Palermo are
probing the wife of Marcello Dell'Utri for aggravated money
laundering as part of investigations into alleged extortion by
the centre-right Senator and one-time aide of former premier
Silvio Berlusconi.
Dell'Utri is thought 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.
Roughly 15 million euros of the 21 million paid by
Berlusconi for Dell'Utri's sumptuous villa on Lake Como in
northern Italy reportedly ended up in the account of Miranda
Ratti, the Senator's wife, in early March.
She then transferred part of the sum to an account in the
Dominican Republic, where Dell'Utri is thought to have been at
the time.
The transfer was made the day before Italy's supreme Court
of Cassation ordered a retrial of the former Berlusconi aide for
allegedly helping the Mafia on grounds that his legal rights had
not been respected in an earlier appeal, but also said there was
evidence the suspect had acted as an intermediary with the mafia
for the ex-premier, handing on "substantial sums" of money for
protection.

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