Print Edition - 2017-04-06  |  World News Digest

Berlusconi ‘bunga bunga’ bribe trial to open in July

- Agencies, ROME

Apr 6, 2017-

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will go on trial in July accused of witness tampering and pay-offs over his alleged “bunga bunga” sex parties, a court ruled on Wednesday. At a preliminary hearing in Milan, a judge decided that Berlusconi’s case should be integrated into the parallel trial of 22 young starlets and close allies accused of taking bribes from the media magnate, which will begin on July 3. The ex-premier is accused of paying more than 10 million euros ($10.7-million) between 2011 and 2015, in cash, gifts, cars and housing to guests at his Arcore residence near Milan, to testify in his favour in the so-called “Ruby” affair. The charges stem from Berlusconi’s previous trial for allegedly paying for sex with young women.

Published: 06-04-2017 10:20

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