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Italy Court Upholds Mafia Conviction Against Berlusconi Adviser

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By Steve Scherer
May 9, 2014

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s highest appeals court on Friday upheld a mafia collusion conviction against a close associate of former Silvio Berlusconi, a further blow for the former prime minister who began serving a tax-fraud sentence earlier in the day.

The court sentenced 72-year-old Marcello Dell’Utri to seven years in prison. The conviction is definitive and cannot be appealed.

Dell’Utri was not present when the ruling was announced because he is being detained in Lebanon. A Palermo court declared Dell’Utri a fugitive last month when it was discovered he had left the country ahead of the final court decision. Investigators later tracked him down to a luxury hotel in Beirut, where he was arrested by police. Italian prosecutors are seeking his extradition.

The court convicted Dell’Utri of acting as a go-between for the Sicilian mafia and the Milan business elite, including Berlusconi’s companies, from 1974 to 1992. Berlusconi is not a defendant in the trial, which began in 1997.

Defense lawyer Giuseppe Di Peri said he was “very bitter and disappointed” by the ruling and was considering referring the case to the European Court of Human Rights to verify that trial procedures were properly followed.

The ruling is the latest in a series of legal setbacks that have hit Berlusconi and several of his longtime allies, and which threaten to undermine his center-right party ahead of European Parliament elections later this month. Berlusconi began serving a year’s community service at an old people’s home on Friday for a tax fraud conviction.

Police arrested Claudio Scajola, a former interior and industry minister under Berlusconi, in Rome on Thursday on suspicion of helping a former party colleague convicted of association with the mafia to flee justice.

Last month, police arrested another former member of Berlusconi’s government, ex-undersecretary in the Economy Ministry Nicola Cosentino, accusing him of colluding with the mafia to quash competition against his family’s gasoline retail business near Naples.

UNIVERSITY FRIENDS

Dell’Utri and four-time Prime Minister Berlusconi, 77, have been friends since they attended university together in Milan in the early 1960s. Dell’Utri ran the advertising company in Berlusconi’s media empire from 1984 to 1995 and became a close adviser when Berlusconi entered politics two decades ago, helping him to establish his own political party from scratch.

Dell’Utri was elected to Italy’s parliament three times as a member of Berlusconi’s party, and served one term as a member of the European Parliament. Berlusconi and Dell’Utri have been dogged by legal troubles for most of their political careers, and both accuse magistrates of persecuting them for political reasons.

Berlusconi was expelled from parliament last year after being convicted for tax fraud and handed a four-year sentence, commuted to one, that he is serving doing community service.

(Additional reporting by Wladimir Pantaleone in Palermo)

By Anthony Garreffa

Back in 2011, the Islamic Republic took down one of the United States’ Lockheed Martin Sentinel RQ-170 drones, but between that event and now, Iran has been working on making a copy of the US spy drone, something the country just started showing off.

Iran will be doing some test flights soon, according to officials at the IRGC’s Aerospace Exhibition. Iran showcased its reverse-engineered drone next to the original US built on, with the exhibition seeing Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, state that the Iranian model sports an advanced system of data collection, video and radar telecommunications.

During a broadcast on Iranian TV, an officer said: “Our engineers succeeded in breaking the drone’s secrets and copying them. It will soon take a test flight”. When Khamenei looked at the drone, he said: “This drone is very important for reconnaissance missions”. The United States used its Sentinel RQ-170 UAV during covert operations in Afghanistan from 2005-2007. It was used as it is one UAV that is hard to detect with long range radar thanks to its special stealth coating.

Back in 2011, Iran claimed that it found the UAV flying over Iranian airspace, something that the US military acknowledged. The US filed a formal request for Iran to return the RQ-170, but Iran refused, instead demanding that the US apologize for its intelligence operation over its territory. While the United States hasn’t confirmed it, Iran has said that it used its advanced radio electronic warfare skills and vulnerabilities in the RQ-170’s GPS receiver, tricking it into landing on Iranian territory.

The reason why this makes sense, is that the RQ-170 drone that Iran captured, does not have any visible damage – something it would, if it crash landed or was taken out of the sky by surface-to-air missiles. Since 2011, Iran has been hunting down other UAVs, spotting two RQ-11s and one ScanEagle that had penetrated Iranian airspace from the Persian Gulf.

Hossein Salami, the Lieutenant Commander General of Iran’s Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution said: “All the memories and computer systems of this plane have been decoded and some good news will be announced in the near future not just about the RQ-170 and the optimizations that our forces have done on the reversed engineered model of this drone, but also in area of other important defense achievements”.

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/37641/iran-successfully-copies-the-cia-s-rq-170-drone-test-flights-soon/index.html

Further Reading: Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, by Medea Benjamin