Milan

Suspects arrested for holding Berlusconi aide captive

Criminals wanted to extort 35 million euros for documents

Suspects arrested for holding Berlusconi aide captive

Milan, November 19 - Italian police arrested a number of people on Monday who are suspected of involvement in one of Silvio Berlusconi's aides being held captive last year as part of a bid to extort 35 million euros from the ex-premier. Police said Giuseppe Spinelli, an accountant who is considered one of Berlusconi's top aides, and his wife were kept captive at gunpoint at their home on the night of October 15 and 16, 2011. The gang is suspected of trying to use Spinelli to mediate to obtain 35 million euros from the media magnate in exchange for documents they said could overhaul a corruption case regarding the takeover of publishing group Mondadori. The Berlusconi family holding company, Fininvest, has been ordered to pay a 560-million-euro fine over accusations a judge was bribed to obtain a favourable ruling during the takeover.

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