Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

'Bribed' ex-Berlusconi Senator agrees to plea bargain


Naples, June 27 - A former Senator accused of
taking bribes from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi to switch
parties and force a government to fall agreed to a plea bargain
with prosecutors on Thursday.
Sergio De Gregorio accepted a suspended sentence of one
year and eight months in prison, which judges are expected to
De Gregorio defected from the centre-left during Romano
Prodi's 2006-2008 government and eventually joined Berlusconi's
Berlusconi allegedly paid the turncoat three million euros
to switch to the centre-right.
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.
Prosecutors in Naples want Berlusconi to stand trial in
this case.
The ex-premier was convicted in a separate case earlier
this week of having sex with an underaged prostitute and abuse
of office.
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.

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