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Ruby ter, Berlusconi trial in Siena postponed to 21 October


May 13, 2021

New postponement for Silvio Berlusconi in the ‘Sienese excerpt’ of the Ruby ter trial, which sees the former prime minister accused of corruption in judicial acts. The Sienese Danilo Mariani, pianist of numerous evenings in the villa of Arcore del Cavaliere, was instead sentenced by the Court of Siena to 2 years of imprisonment (with suspension of the sentence) for perjury. The sentence was issued today by the president of the college, judge Ottavio Mosti, at the end of the council chamber. The trial in the city of the Palio originated from a file transmitted by the Court of Milan to that of Siena in 2017 for territorial jurisdiction. For the Milanese prosecutors, it is in Siena that the payment made by Berlusconi to Danilo Mariani would have been completed to induce him to give sweetened testimonies about the parties at Villa San Martino. Also according to the accusation, the transfers made by Berlusconi to Mariani as ‘reimbursement of expenses’, about 170 thousand euros from 2011 to 2013, were actually payments to induce the pianist to give false testimony. by Forza Italia. For today, after seven postponements, the sentence was also expected for Berlusconi, but his lawyers, the lawyers Federico Cecconi and Enrico De Martino, have presented a request for postponement for legitimate impediment because the former premier is hospitalized for health reasons at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan. The panel chaired by Judge Mosti accepted the request for legitimate impediment and ordered the removal of Berlusconi’s position for the crime of corruption in judicial acts, postponing for the next hearing to 21 October. In the same trial, Mariani will also be charged again, who is charged with the same crime as Berlusconi. The prosecutor of Siena, with the prosecutor Valentina Magnini, had requested in recent months during the indictment the sentence of Berlusconi to 4 years and 2 months of imprisonment. A total sentence of 4 years and 6 months had been requested by the prosecutor for Mariani. In October, Berlusconi’s trial will have to resume with a new college, because the current one with today’s sentence has become incompatible having already expressed itself on the matter.The new panel of three judges that will have to judge Berlusconi and Mariani for the crime of corruption in judicial acts will be appointed by the President of the Court of Siena after the summer. In today’s hearing, Mariani’s defenders, lawyers Salvatore Pino and Fannì Zoi, had asked for the excerpt of their client’s position and to go to sentence for both crimes he was accused but the Tribunal chose otherwise. The prosecutor Valentina Magnini opposed the complete cancellation, but not the postponement of the trial.