Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The process resumed in Milan Mills with the presence of Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, appeared on Monday personally, for the first time in court during the trial that followed the alleged payment of bribes to his former lawyer David Mills. Berlusconi, 74, is accused of having paid in the late 90's to Mills an amount equivalent to 600,000 euros (423,000 euros) for false testimony in two corruption trials.

In 2009, a Milan court had sentenced British lawyer to four years in prison. However, the appeals court in Rome in February 2010 ruled that the penalty as prescribed. Both Berlusconi and Mills have always rejected any responsibility. The prime minister has almost nothing to fear, as the Chamber of Deputies in mid-April approved a bill to cut the statute of limitations.

The so-called 'Lex Processo Brief' has yet to be ratified by the Senate, but Berlusconi has a relatively safe majority in the House. Berlusconi currently faces four lawsuits. The most spectacular of these is called 'Ruby process ", in which the prime minister is accused of abuse of power and having sex with a young Moroccan who was then a minor.

This latest trial will resume on May 31.

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