P2’s Berlusconi on the Ropes

"... Mr Berlusconi and Mr Dell’Utri were in contact with the Graviano mafia clan during the period when the mafia waged a series of deadly bomb attacks in three cities in 1993. ..."

 

Berlusconi fights for political life as trials resume

By Guy Dinmore in Rome
Excerpt - Financial Times | December 4 2009

Two court hearings that could determine the future course of Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government got under way in Turin and Milan on Friday morning.

Mr Berlusconi ... is charged with bribing David Mills, his former UK lawyer, to give false testimony. ...

Separately a Sicilian appeals court assembled for a hearing that was moved for security reasons to Turin where Gaspare Spatuzza, a convicted mafia killer, was due to give evidence against Senator Marcello Dell’Utri, a long-time business and political associate of the prime minister. ...

Mr Berlusconi is not linked to Mr Dell’Utri’s appeal hearing. However ... Mr Spatuzza alleged that Mr Berlusconi and Mr Dell’Utri were in contact with the Graviano mafia clan during the period when the mafia waged a series of deadly bomb attacks in three cities in 1993. ...

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