Monday, January 24

Berlusconi, acquitted in another corruption trial, dreams of the presidency

Correspondent in Rome



Silvio Berlusconi He returns, at 85, to be the protagonist of the Italian and even European political scene, after being disappeared for several months, recovering from Covid and other ailments of his age. The Forza Italia leader was seen in Brussels, at the summit of the European People’s Party, presenting himself as a veteran statesman, having lunch with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as if it were in 2007 or 2011. Between those years they were both heads of government. But Merkel says goodbye and Berlusconi continues.

The former Italian prime minister was especially happy in Brussels, because tonight he received the news that he has been acquitted in a trial that has been a nightmare for him. Silvio Berlusconi was accused of alleged corruption in judicial acts in the ‘Ruby three’ process (or third trial related to the bunga bunga). The court of Siena has acquitted him, because “the fact does not subsist.” 29 people were tried in the process for corruption in judicial acts, Berlusconi being the main defendant. Many of the young women who participated in the feasts at their residence in Arcore, who were also charged with false testimony, sat on the defendant’s dock. For the former prime minister, the prosecutor Valentina Magnini asked for 4 years and 2 months for corruption in court documents. The prosecution accused him of having paid the Siena pianist Danilo Mariani, also a defendant, to induce him to give false testimony about the case related to the bunga bunga. Danilo Mariani has also been acquitted. “This sentence is the just epilogue of a process that should have ended before,” he commented. Enrico de Martino, one of Silvio Berlusconi’s lawyers.

Get to the Quirinal Palace

In Brussels, Silvio Berlusconi, with a sigh of relief, celebrated the acquittal. The court of Siena has removed the main obstacle that the Cavaliere had to fulfill his dream of reach the presidency of the Republic. The leader of Forza Italia aspires to become a tenant of the Quirinal Palace from February 2022, succeeding the current president, Sergio Mattarella, which concludes his mandate. For dreaming that it does not remain, although to do so it has to defy the laws of physics and politics. For the moment, he has the support of the center-right, as the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, has confessed: «Berlusconi al Quirinal? If you decide to be a candidate, you have the support of the center right. To show that he is in top form, in Brussels he has lavished greetings and statements, always accompanied by his girlfriend, the deputy of Forza Italia, Marta Fascina, 31 years old. Berlusconi pretends to be, for the moment, the unifier of the center right, today divided and with tensions, because the secretary of the League, Matteo Salvini, and the leader of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, dispute the leadership of that majority political sector in the country, according to surveys. Berlusconi, who recently to the director of ‘La Stampa’ who did not see Meloni or Salvini with the capacity to be heads of government, has been euphoric about his political future, after his contacts with the leaders of the EPP: “Everyone trusts me , they have known me for many years, they know that my allies [Salvini y Meloni] they are half my age. I am the professor of the chair and they are the students ». Berlusconi, genius and figure, when he wants to know how to give a show, like today in Brussels.

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