Ex-Italian PM Giulio Andreotti dies

  • Ex-Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, passed away on Monday at the age of 94.

    Andreotti served as prime minister seven times between 1972 and 1992.

    He led the Christian Democrat party, which dominated the country’s political scene for decades.

    He died at his home in Rome. He was reported to have been suffering from heart and respiratory problems.

    Andreotti entered Italian parliament in 1946 and remained there for more than 60 years. He was plagued in later years by allegations of corruption and links with the Mafia. He was also tried for ordering the murder of a journalist who had threatened to publish details of his involvement with the Mafia.

    His acquittal was overturned by an appeals court, which sentenced him to 24 years in prison. That ruling was also overturned.

    However, in 2004, Italy's top appeals court did maintain a verdict that he had "consciously and deliberately cultivated a stable relationship" with the Mafia.

    He was never formally convicted as the offence expired under Italy's statute of limitations.

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