Berlusconi in 'witness cash' probe
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for allegedly attempting to derail investigations into his infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
The Milan prosecutor's office launched the investigation today against Mr Berlusconi, two of his long-time lawyers and some 40 other people, mostly aspiring showgirls who attended the parties. The investigation centres on allegations that he paid off the women to lie to court officials.
The new investigation comes as Mr Berlusconi has re-emerged on the political scene as the centre-right's powerbroker, despite having been expelled from Parliament on a tax fraud conviction.
In the "bunga bunga" case, Mr Berlusconi is appealing against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage minor and using his influence to cover it up.
Mr Berlusconi vowed in a statement to remain on Italy's political scene.