An Italian appellate court has affirmed the conviction against Marcello Dell'Utri "for mediating between former premier Silvio Berlusconi and the Sicilian Mafia in the 1970s" as reported by Agence France-Presse: "Dell'Utri, 71, was accused of playing the middle man between the
criminal association and billionaire Berlusconi, who the court said paid
out large amounts of protection money in the 1970s to prevent attacks
on his family."
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi "paid large sums of money to the Sicilian mafia to protect himself and his family from kidnapping in the mid-1970s" according to the country's highest appeals court as reported by Reuters.
The finding was included within a 146-page decision by the court explaining its reversal of a conviction against Marcello Dell'Utri who worked for Berlusconi during that period and is now a senator affiliated with Berlusconi's political party:
The court threw out Dell'Utri's conviction by two lower courts for colluding with Cosa Nostra because Palermo magistrates had failed to prove part of the case. A retrial will now be held. Dell'Utri had been sentenced to seven years in prison.
In 2010 an Italian appellate court "handed down a verdict that effectively cleared the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, of accusations his entry into politics had been sponsored by the Mafia" as then reported by John Hooper for The Guardian.
During his tenure as prime minister Silvio Berlusconi led an "impressive and extensive campaign against the mob" as then reported by Giulio Meotti for The Wall Street Journal: "if we are to judge the Italian tragedy that is the history of the mafia by the facts, then Mr. Berlusconi is probably the greatest persecutor of the mob, in all its incarnations, in a long time."
Fabrizio Corona, known as the "king of the paparazzi" who runs a celebrity photo agency, claims that the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia has "compromising photos of Silvio Berlusconi at wild 'bunga bunga' sex parties" as reported by Nick Squires for The Telegraph. Berlusconi has been accused of paying for sex with underage girls, and prosecutors are expected to announce as early as today whether to charge him.
Corona's claim certainly would be consistent with Mafia modus operandi, and is reminiscent of long-standing rumors in the United States that Ed "the Skull" Murphy, a now-deceased Genovese associate involved in the crime family's gay bar and boy prostitution rackets, had compromising photos of J. Edgar Hoover engaged in homosexual activities which forced the FBI Director to turn a blind eye to the mob for decades until Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered him to get with the program.
In Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked The Gay Revolution, David Carter writes:
John Paul Ranieri, a former prostitute interviewed for this history, provided critical testimony for corroborating and better understanding the larger implications of Murphy's criminal enterprises for gay history. Ranieri said that as a youth from Westchester County he had been forced by blackmail and Mafia-supplied drugs into a prostitution ring in which he remained active for three years before he escaped the mob's control. He claimed that a number of youths in the ring had disappeared after they got careless with talk, for while most of the customers were more or less average homosexual men with money, the regular clientele, according to Ranieri, also included famous men such as Malcolm Forbes, Cardinal Spellman, Liberace, U.S. Senators, a vice president of the United States, one of the most famous rock musicians, and J. Edgar Hoover. The mob's order, according to Ranieri, was strictly "Keep your zipper open and your mouth shut."
Ranieri said that he met J. Edgar Hoover at private parties at the Plaza Hotel and that Hoover's name was never mentioned. Hoover was always in drag, and Ranieri said he could tell that the FBI director was sure that no one recognized him. Ranieri said that he had ensured his own survival by having in his possession a photograph of himself with Hoover, given to him by the photographer.
How does the preceding information link Ed Murphy with J. Edgar Hoover? The connection is made evident in a news story written shortly after Hoover's homosexuality and transvestism became public. When [Anthony] Summer's book [Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover], was published [in 1993], a newspaper story about the 1960s national homosexual blackmail ring suddenly appeared after a quarter of a century of silence on the subject. Without mentioning Murphy's name, it quoted law enforcement sources who had worked on the case as saying that their investigation into the nationwide blackmail ring had turned up a photograph of Hoover "posing amiably" with the racket's ringleader and had uncovered information that Clyde Tolson, Hoover's lover, had himself "fallen victim to the extortion ring." After federal agents joined the investigation, both the photograph of Hoover and the documents about Tolson disappeared. * * * Very suggestive in this context is that Murphy would publicly say in 1978—before it became public information, as it did in the 1990s, that the Mafia had photographs of Hoover involved in sex acts—that he knew that J. Edgar Hoover "was one of my sisters."
The Mafia is on the run in Italy, and Nick Squires from The Telegraphidentifies the country's top ten Mafiosi who either are in prison or in hiding. Thanks to the unprecedented law enforcement efforts under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi "police have arrested 23 out of the 30 most wanted mafia suspects."
Silvio Berlusconi allegedly held wild drug-fueled sex parties at his holiday villa according to a self-admitted whore who claims she was paid for sex with the Italian Prime Minister as reported by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail. Berlusconi dismisses the allegations as a continuing smear campaign perpetuated by the Mafia which has its panties in a bunch over his administration's unparalleled aggressive prosecution of the mobsters as reported by Nick Squires for the Telegraph: "no one can exclude that some of the things that are happening are the result of vendettas by the criminal underworld." The Mafia's pathetic attempts to bring down Berlusconi are not working, and his right-leaning People of Liberty party "is still Italy's most popular" as reported by Lorenzo Totaro for Bloomberg.