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Six arrested in extortion case

Italian police have disclosed an attempt to extort former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi by bandits who held his accountant hostage and offered to sell sensitive documents for €35 million (about £28m).

Police said they had arrested three Italians and three Albanians on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion.

Police said three men held Giuseppe Spinelli and his wife hostage at their home overnight on 15 October and demanded money in exchange for documents they said could help Mr Berlusconi win an appeals trial.

 

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