[QODLink]
Europe

Berlusconi charged with bribing senator

Prosecutors file corruption charges against former Italian PM for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party.

Last Modified: 09 May 2013 18:17
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Berlusconi is also protesting his tax fraud conviction, which could result in a four-year prison sentence [AFP]

Italian prosecutors have filed charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly bribing a left-wing senator $3.9m to join his party.

The announcement from the prosecutor's office on Thursday in Naples comes a day after a Milan court upheld Berlusconi's conviction in a separate case of tax fraud linked to his Mediaset business empire.

Wednesday's ruling confirmed a sentence of four years in prison against Berlusconi and a three-year amnesty, leaving a one-year prison sentence which is suspended pending an appeal.

Prosecutors on Thursday alleged the media baron paid off senator Sergio De Gregorio after elections in 2006 won by a centre-left coalition led by Romano Prodi by just a handful of votes.

A few months later, De Gregorio crossed the aisle and joined the Berlusconi opposition in a move that helped bring down Prodi in 2008.

The subsequent elections were won handily by Berlusconi.The investigation is based in Naples since that was De Gregorio's seat.

There will now have to be an indictment hearing to decide whether or not we to implement the charges and begin a new trial against Berlusconi.

The scandal-tainted Berlusconi, 76, has been a defendant in multiple court cases in his two decades in politics and has two convictions.

He is also a defendant in a trial in which he is accused of paying for sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute while he was prime minister and for abusing the powers of his office.

240

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.