samedi 7 septembre 2013

Italy: An unholy alliance between Silvio Berlusconi and “Cosa nostra”, the Sicilian Mafia.

 
Like Julio Andreotti aka "Beelzebub " for his opponents!

        
Leader of the Italian Christian Democracy, Julio Andreoti (1919-2013) was interior minister twice, three times the defense minister, foreign minister for seven years, then named a senator for life in 1991 by President Francesco Cossiga.
        
The Court of Palermo formally establishes that Andreotti has maintained strong links with the Mafia at least until 1980, and used to further his political career to the point of being suspected him even a member of the Mafia. At trial judgment of October 23, 1999, he was acquitted for lack of evidence, but the appeal judgment, delivered on 2 May 2003, a separate trial of facts prior to 1980 subsequent work, and established that Andreotti had "committed" the " offense of participation in the conspiracy and specifically recognized until spring 1980".
        
In response to opposition M.P. Giancarlo Pajetta who said that "power use", Andreotti replied: "Power wears out those who do not".

The Sicilian Mafia is it essential to retain power in Italy?

        
In 2013, the Italian justice clearly suggests the existence of a "pact" for nearly 20 years between Silvio Berlusconi and the Sicilian Mafia, in the grounds of conviction of a close Cavaliere. Depending on the reasons of the Court of Appeal of Palermo, former Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, sentenced in March 2013 to seven years in prison for complicity with the Mafia, has served as "mediator in the pact between Silvio Berlusconi and mafia" under which it provided protection Cavaliere between 1974 and 1992 against hard cash.
        
The Court of Appeal cited a meeting held in May 1974 in Milan by Mr Berlusconi and Dell'Utri with several mafia bosses, who " signed the beginning of this pact binding Berlusconi and Dell'Utri Cosa Nostra (The Sicilian Mafia) until 1992. "

Protection of  "Cosa Nostra" against 40 millions euros.

        
Under this agreement, "the Milanese entrepreneur", “Berlusconi has abandoned any idea of ​​being protected by the offical institutions, and is under the umbrella of the Mafia protection”, "never escape the obligation to pay large sums to the Mafia", according to the expected published by Italian media.
        
Berlusconi had to hire a groom Arcore, for  his villa near Milan, "not so much for its famous passion for horses" only " to ensure a mafia presence in the house," quips the Court.
        
In addition to making money from Silvio Berlusconi to Cosa Nostra through Dell'Utri, the pact allowed that "Mafia association strengthens and consolidates his own power", says the Court.
        
During the appeal trial of Mr Dell'Utri in September 2012, Silvio Berlusconi was heard as a witness for three hours on the possibility that the mafia extorted him through Dell'Utri, some 40 million euros to give him protection. Berlusconi had refuted this, saying he simply wanted to "help a friend".
        
Nicknamed "The Cavalieri" Sylvio Berlusconi was president of Italy government from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2011, before found his parliamentary mandate and to be elected senator. He was prosecuted for twenty court cases for corruption, tax fraud, or illegal funding of political parties.
         At 77, he was convicted of incitement to prostitution of a minor and abuse of power, to seven years in prison and a penalty of ineligibility for life.

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