Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Dell'Utri sealed 'Mafia pact' to protect Berlusconi - court


Palermo, September 5 - Former aide Marcello
Dell'Utri sealed "a pact of protection" with Cosa Nostra for
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi at a meeting in May 1974, according
to the explanation of the Palermo appeals court's decision in
March to sentence Dell'Utri to seven years in prison for Mafia
The explanation added that the 1974 meeting "formed the
genesis of the relationship that linked the businessman and the
Mafia with Dell'Utri's mediation".
Dell'Utri, 71, is appealing against the conviction to the
supreme Court of Cassation.
In Italy convictions are not considered definitive until
the two-tier appeals process has been exhausted.
The March verdict was the result of a retrial after the
Cassation said Dell'Utri's legal rights were not respected in
the previous appeal.
Prosecutors say Dell'Utri was the intermediary with Cosa
Nostra for the ex-premier, handing on "substantial sums" of
money for protection.
Former Senator Dell'Utri is the former head of the media
magnate's advertising arm who is credited with creating the
three-time premier's first party, Forza Italia, in 1993, six
months before it swept to victory in general elections.

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