A Rome court has acquitted former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a corruption case involving so-called “bunga bunga” parties.
The charges against the 86-year-old leader of the conservative Forza Italia party, who is part of the current ruling coalition, were ultimately not confirmed, the judges said, according to the Ansa news agency. A co-defendant, singer Mariano Apicella, was also acquitted.
The case was the result of the so-called ‘bunga bunga’ parties with young women that took place at his villa over a decade ago. The parties conducted several lawsuits.
Berlusconi and Apicella were charged with corruption in the case because the politician allegedly paid the singer for making false statements. He allegedly lied about the accusation that Berlusconi had sex with an underage prostitute in 2013. Berlusconi was also acquitted in this case, as there was no evidence he was aware of her age. The court last year also found there was no evidence he bribed a pianist to lie in the same trial.
According to Ansa, the prosecutor pleaded for acquittal because the payment schedule was wrong. For example, they turned out to be executed for the parties in question and therefore could not be linked to the misrepresentations.
Berlusconi has yet to appear in court in Milan on similar corruption charges.
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