Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Six arrested for holding Berlusconi aide captive


Milan, November 19 - Italian police arrested six
people on Monday who are suspected of involvement in one of
Silvio Berlusconi's aides being held captive last month as part
of a bid to extort million of euros from the ex-premier.
Police said Giuseppe Spinelli, an accountant who is
considered one of Berlusconi's top aides, and his wife were kept
captive at gunpoint at their home on the night of October 15 and
The gang is suspected of trying to use Spinelli to mediate
to obtain 35 million euros from the media magnate in exchange
for documents they said were "important" for a corruption case
regarding the takeover of publishing group Mondadori.
The Berlusconi family holding company, Fininvest, has been
ordered to pay a 560-million-euro fine over a bribe paid to a
judge to obtain a favourable ruling during the takeover.
However, Berlusconi's lawyer Niccolo' Ghedini, who received
a call early on October 16 in which Spinelli forwarded the
captors' demands, denied that sensitive information was part of
the extortion attempt.
"In truth they did not have anything in their hands," said
"They kidnapped the accountant (to have money from
"Spinelli was in such shock that he couldn't even say he'd
been taken hostage because he feared for the life of his wife
and daughter.
"He was terrorised because he was under armed threat".
Police believe Spinelli was held captive for 11 hours from
22:00 on October 15 and was forced to call both the ex-premier
and Ghedini.
The people arrested were three Italians and three
Albanians, all with criminal records.
Spinelli, 71, is considered 'treasurer' of Berlusconi, who
is on trial in Milan for allegedly paying for sex with an
under-age prostitute at alleged bunga bunga sex parties at his
The accountant gave cash gifts to young women who took part
in the parties.

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