Berlusconi sent a calming message to EU allies and financial markets that any center-right government would not be hostile to the European Union. His plan backfired.

“Berlusconi lost his capacity to see and feel the country, the one gift that enabled him to remain in power for over two decades despite the numerous scandals he got involved in,” said Roberto D’Agostino, the owner and editor of Dagospia, Italy’s most controversial online publication.

Silvio Berlusconi, a former Prime Minister of Italy, was accused and convicted but on appeal found not guilty of paying 17-year old Moroccanprostitute Karima El Mahroug, also known by the stage name Ruby Rubacuori (Italian for “Ruby the Heartstealer”) – for sexual services between February and May 2010 when she was under the age of 18.[N 1][2][3] He was also convicted and on appeal found not guilty of abuse of office (Italianconcussione) by arranging to have El Mahroug released from police detention during an incident in which she was briefly held on claims of theft. On 24 June 2013, the Court of First Instance sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison, and banned him from public office for life.[4] Berlusconi appealed the sentence,[5] and on 18 July 2014, an appeals court overturned Berlusconi’s conviction, thus making him once again eligible to hold elected office.

On 27 May 2010, El Mahroug was arrested by the police in Milan after being accused of the theft of three thousand euros. Since she was not carrying any legal or identification documents, the officers took her to the local police headquarters to identify her and for questioning. Since she was a minor under eighteen, a judge ordered the police to direct her to a shelter for juvenile offenders.

Silvio Berlusconi hit by drug allegations as well as sex claims

Evidence given to Rome parliament alleges cocaine was found in flat provided to female model friend of Italian prime minister
Marysthell García Polanco, drugs were found in a flat allegedly provided to her by Berlusconi.
 Marysthell García Polanco. Drugs were found in a flat allegedly provided to her by Berlusconi. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

A parliamentary committee dominated by Silvio Berlusconi’s followers yesterday took the first step towards blocking an investigation by prosecutors in which he is formally suspected of paying an underage prostitute and abusing his official position.

The committee, which deals with issues of parliamentary privilege, voted by 11 to eight to recommend that the investigation be declared null and void. Parliament must now vote whether to accept its advice.

The committee had been asked to decide whether the prosecutors could search premises claimed to form part of Berlusconi’s political secretariat. But the committee voted on the wider issue of whether the prosecutors should have launched their investigation at all without referring to a special court for offences allegedly committed by ministers in the performance of their duties.

At the centre of the affair is a young Moroccan, Karima el-Mahroug, who is claimed to have visited Berlusconi’s villa near Milan while still under the age of 18. The prime minister has acknowledged that, after she was detained on suspicion of theft last May, he telephoned police to say she was the granddaughter of the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak.

Berlusconi’s lawyers say he believed that she was. The committee endorsed the argument that he was thus acting in an official capacity when he placed the call.

There were further problems for Berlusconi when it was revealed in evidence to Italy’s parliament that almost 3kg of cocaine was found last year in the cellar of a flat allegedly provided free to one of his guests at his villa outside Milan.

Marysthell García Polanco, from the Dominican Republic, is a model and former weather announcer known for a celebrated appearance in the “sexy car wash” segment of a popular reality show on one of Berlusconi’s channels.

The drugs were part of a haul of more than 12kg allegedly belonging to García Polanco’s boyfriend. He was arrested while driving a car belonging to Nicole Minetti, who, prosecutors claim, organised the supply of women for Berlusconi’s parties. She and the prime minister have both denied any wrongdoing. Yesterday Berlusconi dismissed the new evidence as “just mud [thrown about] to bad mouth me”.

Humiliated ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi rages at Italian court that declared him a tax fraud

Former premier faces community service or house arrest after judges uphold jail term

The Independent Online

The law has finally caught up with Silvio Berlusconi after Italy’s Supreme court declared the former prime minister a tax fraud.

The three-time premier will die with a criminal record after 12 judges in Italy’s highest legal body definitively convicted the billionaire mogul for hiding millions of euros from his media empire in overseas slush funds.

Until this evening, Berlusconi had managed to dodge dozens of convictions on charges including bribery and tax fraud – sometimes thanks to changes in the law that he himself introduced as premier.

 The 76-year-old will now face some form of house arrest or the humility of having to perform community service, probably for a year.

The country was anxiously waiting to see if Berlusconi’s first definitive conviction, after two decades of cat-and-mouse tussles with Italy’s judiciary, would have serious repercussions for the left-right coalition of premier Enrico Letta.

Before the verdict, Berlusconi loyalists in the mogul’s centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party were threatening to pull the rug from under the fragile administration.

Soon after the conviction, senior PDL politicians arrived at Palazzo Grazioli, Berlusconi’s Rome residence, where the tycoon had awaited the verdict with his lawyers, family members and closest associates.

The head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, called on the court’s decision to be respected.

In a nine-minute video message, Mr Berlusconi said that “in exchange for the work I’ve done for nearly 20 years for my country… I get as my reward accusations and a sentence based on nothing that even takes away my personal freedom and my political rights”.

Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, said the conviction “was like the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany in 1989”.

Mara Carfagna, the former topless model who rose rapidly to become one of Berlusconi’s ministers, said the conviction showed “there was a small part of the judiciary engaged in a war against Berlusconi”. But she said the verdict would not cause the government to collapse.

But pundits said the greatest danger for the wobbly coalition might come from left-wing parliamentarians, who refused to work with a centre-right party run by a convicted criminal.

Significantly, the part of the sentence banning him from holding public office – and thereby a seat in the Senate – for five years, was sent back by the Cassation judges to be reconsidered by Milan’s appeal court. It will probably have to be reduced from five to three years for technical reasons.

The judicial review will enable Berlusconi to remain as a senator and as leader of the PDL for now.

Being kicked out of parliament would have humiliated Berlusconi and left him vulnerable to further legal action. However, the tax fraud conviction itself could lead to him being expelled from parliament.

The verdict is the media mogul’s first definitive conviction in up to 30 court cases on charges ranging from false accounting to having sex with an under-aged prostitute.

Berlusconi has frequently blamed “communist magistrates”, particularly those in Milan, for trying to eliminate him from the political scene since he made the leap from business to government in 1994.

Jailed Italian Crime Boss Says Mafia Helped Berlusconi Government

Antonio Iovine’s court testimony, obtained by The Daily Beast, could shake the country’s political establishment and send a good deal of it to jail.

NAPLES — When 49-year-old Camorra crime boss Antonio Iovine was discovered hiding in a custom-fit wall cavity inside a Neapolitan villa in 2010 after 14 years on the lam for murder, extortion, and Mafia collusion, no one ever thought he would talk. After all, O’Ninno, as he was nicknamed for his cute baby face, was one of the Casalesi clan’s four big bosses, and he still wielded considerable power, even without saying a word.

But thanks to the implementation of a rarely used Italian law known as Article 41-bis, which greatly restricts prisoner rights including basic communication with others for certain criminals, Iovine buckled under the pressure of solitary confinement and started to sing last week. What he has told authorities so far could “make the Italian political and business worlds tremble,” according to Roberto Saviano, journalist and best-selling author of Gomorra, who lives in hiding under police escort for death threats from Iovine and others. “He knows everything.”

Iovine’s decision to tell all came in the form of a telegram to investigating magistrates Antonnello Ardiduto and Cesare Sirignano, in which he wrote, simply, “I want to confer with ‘the law’,” according to court documents shown to The Daily Beast. He then testified under oath on a number of occasions beginning May 22. “I started killing in the ‘80s,” he said, according to the court documents. He then described various scenarios in which he killed police officers, bodyguards and opposition clan members. He killed people in discotheques, on lonely roads and in broad daylight. He also told police how he took his wife and daughter with him on hit jobs in Brazil and Portugal during which he “participated in the killings” while they enjoyed what amounted to family vacations.

While details of the killings have certain shock value even if they sound like a Sopranos season finale, his testimony about how deeply involved Italy’s political establishment is with the Camorra clans will have far greater impact. Iovine described himself as a “quotista” which he says meant he was a sort of bookkeeper dealing with fiscal affairs relating to extortion and the Camorra’s Casalesi-controlled garbage management assets in the region in and around Naples. According to court documents, he said that he often dealt directly with Italy’s environmental and agricultural ministry underlings, who he says were working with full approval from the government in Rome. At one time he says clan members even called him the “minister of garbage” for his close ties to the government. “He is someone who knows everything,” Saviano wrote in his La Repubblica column. “And so now everything could change. The earth is trembling for a large part of the business and political worlds—and for entire branches of institutions.”

Iovine said he and three other bosses played with a budget of around €60,000 a month each to pay the foot soldiers who collected the “pizzo” (protection money) and those who acted as loan sharks and other functionaries who did his clan’s business, which netted around €350,000 each month. He and the three other bosses took paychecks of around €140,000 each month for their work.

He also said that Italian politicians, mayors, and other ministers relied on the Camorra to facilitate certain initiatives or secure votes, often in exchange for cash or favors including building and tax permits that cut through red tape that would have been otherwise prohibitive for the mob. “There was money for everyone, the system is completely corrupt,” he said. “It didn’t matter the political color… the system operated—and still operates—the same way.”

Iovine’s confessions were made public as part of hard evidence against Nicola Cosentino, a key ally of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is facing trial in Naples for Mafia collusion. If the trial proves a direct tie between Costentino, the Camorra and Berlusconi’s party faithful, it could mean a string of arrests for Italy’s political elite. Iovine’s allegations of collusion with the government fall during the period of time when Berlusconi was in power, meaning his ministers are those Iovine says contracted his clan’s services.

Italy is now unable (again) to form a unified Government inside Europe.

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A person interviewed by german TV who wishes to remain anonymous stated to the TV crew in Rome that he knew for a fact that Berlusconi was related to Benito Mussolini and had deep connexions to the Sicilian mafia and American Illuminati. This person has since disappeared and dropped out of public sight stating he was now in fear of his life.

He swore on the Catholic church that it was the Truth and that Catholicism had deep and embedded officials, cardinals and priests inside of various Euro and Americana Fascist regimes..He also testified that the vatican had met many waffen SS officers at the spanish steps in Rome and had helped them to escape justice after 1945.

Needless to say this person in now in hiding and Berlusconi-s fascist bandwagon rolls on

 

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