Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018

Prosecutors seek indictment for Berlusconi in bribe case


Rome, May 9 - Naples prosecutors on Thursday said
they had requested Silvio Berlusconi be sent to trial over
allegations the ex-premier bribed former Senator Sergio De
Gregorio to change political sides.
They also requested that De Gregorio, who has said he
received millions from Berlusconi, and Walter Lavitola, an
associate of the ex-premier's and ex-director of the newspaper
L'Avanti!, be indicted.
De Gregorio defected from the centre left during Romano
Prodi's 2006-2008 government and eventually joined Berlusconi's
Berlusconi allegedly paid the turncoat senator three
million euros to switch sides from the centre left to the centre
right, say prosecutors.
The Prodi government fell in 2008 after losing the support
of the Senate, leading to new elections that Berlusconi won.
De Gregorio originally admitted to receiving two million
euros from Berlusconi, which he did not declare for tax
purposes, but denied that it was bribe money.
In March the Italian daily newspaper Il Messaggero quoted
De Gregorio saying he took the money to join Berlusconi's
formation with the explicit purpose of bringing down Prodi.
Berlusconi has been hit on numerous fronts by legal woes,
which he chalks up to left-wing magistrates who allegedly have
it out for him for political reasons.
On Wednesday, a Milan court upheld a four-year conviction
against Berlusconi for tax fraud on TV rights bought by his
Mediaset TV empire, which the media magnate will appeal to the
supreme Court of Cassation.
He is on also 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.

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