Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Berlusconi's lawyer denies ransom paid to kidnappers

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Milan, November 20 - Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer on
Tuesday denied speculation that the ex-premier had paid a ransom
to a gang who held his accountant Giuseppe Spinelli and wife
captive for a night.
"No sum of money was paid to anyone and nor were there any
negotiations with the kidnappers," said the lawyer, Niccolo'
Ghedini.
"Any inferences about this are totally devoid of any
basis".
He said that the delay in the reporting of the kidnapping
was due to fear.
Giuseppe Spinelli was held captive on the night of October
15-16 at his home by a gang that, according to prosecutors,
tried to extort 35 million euros from Berlusconi.
But the kidnapping was not reported until the following
day, a fact that has prompted a wave of immense speculation in
the Italian media and there have been reports that a ransom may
have been paid.
"The delay in informing the judicial authorities is
exclusively down to the highly justified fear the kidnappers
caused Spinelli, who feared serious retaliation against himself
and his family," said Ghedini.
"I also want to specify that Berlusconi had no role in the
affair and the decisions on the timing and methods were taken by
Spinelli and by me".
It emerged Tuesday that the victims may have been held at
gunpoint with harmless replicas when police announced that toy
guns were among the evidence seized.
Police also announced that additional suspects were under
investigation, without specifying who or how many.

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