Berlusconi wins appeal against 1.4 mn a month alimony

Veronica Lario will have to pay back millions

(ANSA) - Milan, November 16 - A Milan court on Thursday upheld an appeal by Silvio Berlusconi against having to pay alimony of 1.4 million euros a month to his ex-wife Veronica Lario. As a result, Lario will have to return around 43 million euros to the ex-premier and media magnate. The Milan appeals court upheld a petition by Berlusconi for it to apply a recent ruling by the supreme court, which stated that the criteria for alimony should be self sufficiency and no longer the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.
    Berlusconi's lawyers said that, with liquidity of 16 million euros, and ownership of jewellery and real-estate businesses, Lario was self sufficient.