Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saw on Wednesday how Judge Marco Tremolada did not approve of suspending his indictment on the serious health corruption case and postponed the trial until September 8th.
“Given Silvio Berlusconi’s temporary legitimate obstacle of less than 90 days” and “the uniform treatment of the process”, the judge has indicated that removing the former prime minister from the case would mean “an extension” of the term in the process that there are 28 other defendants.
The rest of the defendant’s lawyers, including the defense of Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug, opposed from the outset the motion of Deputy Milan Prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano to remove Berlusconi from the case because he had asked for a defense. says the Adnkronos agency.
Federico Cecconi, Berlusconi’s attorney, has reiterated that the medical reports on his client “confirm that his serious health condition persists” and that his prognosis for recovery will not be short, reasons that determine his inability to participate in the judgment “.
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 there was no evidence that the former Prime Minister knew Mahroug’s age. Both she and Berlusconi deny there was any wrongdoing.