Thursday 19 October 2017

Berlusconi in fresh probe over witnesses

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech outside his private residence, the Palazzo Grazioli, after his expulsion from the Senate, on November 27, 2013 in Rome. Italy's parliament prepared to expel Silvio Berlusconi today over his tax fraud conviction in a momentous move that raises the risk of his arrest but is unlikely to end his tumultuous career. Thousands of Berlusconi loyalists massed outside the three-time former prime minister's luxury home in Rome to support their leader, as lawmakers from his party took the floor of the Senate one by one to back him. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech outside his private residence, the Palazzo Grazioli, after his expulsion from the Senate, on November 27, 2013 in Rome. Italy's parliament prepared to expel Silvio Berlusconi today over his tax fraud conviction in a momentous move that raises the risk of his arrest but is unlikely to end his tumultuous career. Thousands of Berlusconi loyalists massed outside the three-time former prime minister's luxury home in Rome to support their leader, as lawmakers from his party took the floor of the Senate one by one to back him. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Silvio Berlusconi could face another criminal trial after Italian prosecutors announced yesterday that they were investigating him for allegedly paying 40 witnesses to give false testimony on allegations he consorted with an underage prostitute.

Mr Berlusconi has abruptly stopped making monthly payments of €2,500 to 30 showgirls who gave evidence in the trial last year.

The probe targets Niccolo Ghedini and Piero Longo, Mr Berlusconi's lawyers, who deny accusations of witness tampering, as well as 42 others. The lawyers allegedly arranged meetings in 2011 with witnesses to persuade them to give testimony favourable to Mr Berlusconi.

Irish Independent

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