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Court Sentences Berlusconi to 3 Years in Jail Over Alleged Bribery Case

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A Naples court sentenced Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to three years in jail on Wednesday for allegedly bribing senators in 2007.

ROME (Sputnik) — A Naples court sentenced Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to three years in jail on Wednesday for allegedly bribing senators in 2007.

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According to the prosecution, Berlusconi, being in opposition, spent million of euros on bribing a number of senators from the ruling coalition to switch sides.

The trial for the case was initiated in Naples in February 2014. Prosecutors initially demanded a five-year sentence for the former prime minister.

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The public prosecution claimed that Berlusconi, by providing bribes to senators, provoked a government crisis resulting in the resignation of then-Prime Minister Romano Prodi in January 2008.

The second defendant in the case was Valter Lavitola, a former L'Avanti newspaper editor, who was stated to have served as a go-between between Berlusconi and Sergio De Gregorio, a senator for Italy of Values. De Gregorio acknowledged accepting 3 million euros to switch sides in Italy’s Parliament.

Berlusconi, one of Italy's most controversial post-World-War II leaders, has been implicated in scores of legal challenges during his career, including a high-profile prostitution case, charges of abuse of office and tax fraud.

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