Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was acquitted on Wednesday by a court in Milan in a corruption case involving the so-called ‘bunga bunga’ parties. He was accused of bribing witnesses to lie.
Milan’s public prosecutor’s office had demanded six years in prison against Berlusconi, 86, on charges of perjury and tampering with testimony. For the politician, who was not present at the trial, it was the umpteenth in a long line of cases he has faced in recent years, most of which he has won.
The trial in Milan is an outgrowth of the ‘Rubygate’ scandal and the ‘bunga bunga’ parties with young women that took place more than a decade ago at Berlusconi’s villa. The parties led to several lawsuits.
Earlier, a judge in Rome also acquitted Berlusconi of similar bribery charges.