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Berlusconi to meet investigators probing Senator switch

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Naples, March 4 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi is
unable to appear before prosecutors in Naples in a bribery probe
on the dates they have request - but he can meet the following
week, ANSA sources said Monday.
Berlusconi, who is being probed in relation to alleged
bribes paid to a Senator to switch sides, cannot meet on March
5,7 or 9 but instead can be interviewed by investigators on
March 15, the sources said.
Last week, judicial sources said Berlusconi wass being
probed in Naples for allegedly paying three million euros to
Senator Sergio De Gregorio to switch sides from the centre-left
to the centre-right.
De Gregorio, who prosecutors say admitted last week to
receiving bribes, defected from the left during Romano Prodi's
2006-2008 government and eventually joined Berlusconi's party.
"The deal was made in 2006," Naples prosecutors quoted De
Gregorio as saying.
Prosecutors said De Gregorio came forward with the
allegations in December.
The case is only the latest of a series of legal headaches
for Berlusconi, whose centre-right alliance did better than
expected in last week's general election.
Last week, prosecutors in the northern city of Reggio
Emilia said they had opened a probe into a letter Berlusconi
sent to millions of Italians before last week's election, about
a promise to pay back the IMU property tax.
Berlusconi was accused of attempting to buy votes with that
pledge by rival politicians, who complained the letter was
deceptive as it looked like an official document informing
people about how to obtain a rebate, rather than an election
pamphlet.
Rome prosecutors are also investigating after a similar
petition.
Berlusconi is also on trial in Milan over accusations he
paid for sex with an underage Moroccan dancer, and is accused of
abuse of office in the same case.
Berlusconi is appealing against a one-year conviction he
was handed last year for tax fraud on film rights for his
Mediaset TV group.

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