(ANSA) - Naples, February 11 - Former "Clean Hands"
magistrate and ex-senator Antonio Di Pietro made his debut
Tuesday as a defence attorney, representing his Italy of Values
(IdV) party, a plaintiff in a graft trial against ex-premier
"It's the first time I find myself on the other side," said
the former star prosecutor, who made a name for himself
representing the State in the "bribesville" political-corruption
trials in the 1990s.
The present trial surrounds allegations Berlusconi bribed
former IdV Senator Sergio De Gregorio to move from the centre
left to the centre right during Romano Prodi's 2006-2008
government, which fell after losing the support of the Senate,
leading to new elections that Berlusconi won.
De Gregorio has told investigators he received three
million euros from Berlusconi.
Di Pietro was also the public works minister in Prodi's
A year ago he stepped down as head of the anti-graft IdV
after major losses at elections. He remains an active member.