A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Italy court again postpones Berlusconi corruption trial

[JURIST] The corruption trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; BBC profile] resumed Friday but was immediately postponed to February 27. Judges for the tenth section of the Milan Tribunal [official website, in Italian] postponed the trial [Corriere della Sera report, in Italian] as requested by Berlusconi's lawyers but refused their request to have earlier proceedings thrown out. Berlusconi is accused of paying his former lawyer David Mills [JURIST news archive] as much as $600,000 to Mills to provide false testimony at two trials in 1997 and 1998 involving Berlusconi's broadcasting company, Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian]. Berlusconi's trial was postponed so that Mills's final appeal of his conviction and sentence will be concluded. Berlusconi's lawyers argued [CP report] that the the Mills case might affect his, and the statute of limitations has been frozen until a new date.

This is the second time the corruption case against Berlusconi has been reopened and then delayed since a law granting him immunity from prosecution was thrown out [JURIST reports] by the Italian Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] in October. He is also facing a separate trial for tax fraud which was postponed [JURIST report] in November until this month. Berlusconi has faced trial on at least six occasions involving charges of false accounting, tax fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, and giving false testimony [JURIST reports]. In October 2007, Berlusconi's April 2007 acquittal on bribery charges was upheld [JURIST reports]. In 2005, Berlusconi was acquitted of corruption charges despite testimony accusing him of giving kickbacks to the late Socialist premier Bettino Craxi [JURIST report].

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.