Berlusconi acquitted in Ruby Ter case

Ex-premier was accused of bribing witnesses to lie about parties

(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 22 - Ex-premier and Forza Italia (FI) leader Silvio Berlusconi has been acquitted of judicial corruption by a Siena court in the so-called Ruby ter trial.
    The 85-year-old media billionaire was accused of bribing witnesses to lie about his alleged "bunga bunga" sex parties at his home and say they were innocent affairs.
    Berlusconi's lawyer said he spoke to the ex-premier after the verdict was announced and described him as "relieved and satisfied".
    The case was one of several stemming from allegations Berlusconi paid for sex with teen Moroccan runaway exotic dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heartstealer when she was under 18.
    Berlusconi was also cleared in the original case as judges ruled he could not have known she was a minor. (ANSA).


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