Siena A court in Italy has acquitted the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a trial in connection with his “bunga-bunga parties”. The news agencies Ansa and Adnkronos reported on Thursday. Accordingly, the court in Siena saw the facts as not proven.
The 85-year-old head of the conservative Forza Italia party was accused of bribing witnesses to give false testimony to the parties with young women. According to the agency reports, a musician who was also accused was acquitted.
Ansa quoted Berlusconi’s lawyers who spoke of a great result. The party leader is satisfied. Berlusconi traveled to Brussels on Thursday. There he met Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on the sidelines of the summit of EU heads of state and government, as he wrote on Facebook.
Often referred to as “Cavaliere” (knight) in Italy, Berlusconi is also charged with bribery in Milan. The court in the northern Italian metropolis recently wanted to have an expert report on Berlusconi’s mental and physical condition, but the 85-year-old refused. The progress of the process there was initially unclear.
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Berlusconi’s party has been part of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government alliance in Rome since mid-February.