Berlusconi in fresh probe over witnesses
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.