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Berlusconi lawyer: No evidence of bribery in ‘bunga bunga’ trial

It has been proved that Silvio Berlusconi did not bribe witnesses in the notorious ‘bunga-bunga’ sex trials. One of his defense attorneys stated Monday that there was no evidence supporting the claim. He demanded that the ex-Italian prime Minister be acquitted in a new trial.

In 2014, Berlusconi was cleared of the charges of soliciting minors’ sexual activity and abusing power. The billionaire conservative politician was retried for having paid witnesses to clear his name.

Federico Cecconi, a lawyer, stated to judges in Milan that there was no evidence of Berlusconi having bribed the women who testified for Berlusconi.

Cecconi stated that the ex-premier should not be held responsible “because there is no case to answer”.


Cecconi acknowledged that Berlusconi had paid money to the women, but said that it was spontaneously done to offset the reputational damage they suffered as a result of being connected to a prostitution matter.

In May, Prosecutors requested a six year sentence for Berlusconi, and sentences between one to six for 27 other defendants including Karima El Maharoug, a Moroccan nightclub dancing instructor.

The verdict will be made in the second half of the year or in early 2023.


Berlusconi (86), has just returned to the Italian parliament following last month’s victory by a right-wing bloc led by Giorgia Maltai and his Forza Italia parties in national elections.

The original bunga-bunga trial involved allegations that Berlusconi paid El Mahroug, better known in Italy as Ruby the Heartstealer, for sex when she was 17. She is now 29.

The sex was performed at the villa of the then-prime minister at night. Other women were also present at the parties, and were called witnesses in the “bungabunga” first trial.

Berlusconi denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the events at his luxury residence near Milan were only elegant dinner parties.

The scandal surrounding the entire affair resulted in the collapse of the Berlusconi government in 2011. The ex-premier was granted leave to appeal after judges found no evidence that El Mahroug was minor.

Berlusconi founded Mediaset, a media company that produces news. He also served as the leader of Forza Italia (a conservative party). He has been accused four times of corruption, but he has denied it.

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