The allegation against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi acknowledged this Wednesday that he is “seriously ill” and that “nothing is a quick fix”, for which he agrees to “temporarily” separate him from the trial he is in was investigated for bribing witnesses in the Ruby case.
“We firmly believe that he is seriously ill and has serious pathology,” said the Deputy Prosecutor of Milan, Tiziana Siciliano, who, however, has defended the need to continue the process, which has already been suspended seven times due to the condition was health Berlusconi and which is to be resumed on May 26th.
“Berlusconi is really bad, when I read the medical reports I have no doubt that the situation is particularly serious and nothing is a quick fix,” he said, before noting that “we still need to consider the condition of other defendants “. a total of 28.
Siciliano has stated that the trial “took a long time” and that the rest of the defendants have the right to hold the trial in a “reasonable time” for which he approved the defense proposal to “temporarily separate” Berlusconi from their charges.
Federico Cecconi, the former Italian Prime Minister’s lawyer, has twice asked for a definitive postponement because it is “unreal” that Berlusconi’s health “can be resolved in seven or fifteen days,” reports the Adnkronos Agency.
Cecconi welcomed the decision of Public Prosecutor Siciliano, pointing out that his recognition of Berlusconi’s poor physical condition “is nothing more than a confirmation of the data found in the investigations of the numerous medical reports that we presented during the trial. “.
Now, on May 26, the judges will have to decide whether to approve the defense’s proposal and the charge to separate Berlusconi from the rest of the accused, who are accused of false testimony and bribery of witnesses during the Rubin’s trials. Case investigating their possible participation in a network of underage prostitution under their famous “bunga bunga” parties.
Prosecutors are demanding four years and two months in prison for Berlusconi, whom they accuse of bribing Mariani, around 170,000 euros in three years for making false statements about what he saw at the sexual parties that the former prime minister extensively attended celebrated his mansion in the Milanese city of Arcore.
In total, according to prosecutors, Berlusconi would have distributed 10 million euros to corrupt several witnesses in his 2013 trial, in which he was accused of having sex with Karima El Mahroug, a 17-year-old dancer also known as Ruby. The young woman would have been bribed with 7 million euros.
Berlusconi was initially found guilty of paying for sex with minors and sentenced to seven years in prison. The verdict was overturned in 2014 by an appeals court that ruled that there was no evidence that the former Prime Minister knew Mahroug’s age. Both she and Berlusconi deny there was any wrongdoing.