An Italian prosecutor asked a court on Friday to sentence Silvio Berlusconi to eight years in jail for bribing judges as the prime minister’s four-year corruption trial reached its closing stages.
“I ask that the accused be sentenced to eight years in prison,” prosecutor Ilda Boccassini told the three judges presiding over the trial.
Delivering her closing arguments, she urged the judges to convict “the businessman who had (the judges) on his payroll.”
Boccassini also asked the court to bar Berlusconi for life from holding public office.
Defense lawyers are due to sum up their case in early December. A verdict is expected late this year or in early 2005.