6 arrested in Italy over suspicion of kidnapping Berlusconi's accountant

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 05:40 hrs

Six people have been arrested by the Italian police on suspicion of kidnapping the accountant of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

It comes after the Milan police revealed that Giuseppe Spinelli and his wife were held hostage for 11 hours at their home last week.

The armed intruders are said to have asked for 35 million euros in exchange for documents they said could help Berlusconi in a legal case, the BBC reports.

According to the report, police said they had arrested three Italians and three Albanians on suspicion of kidnapping and extortion. Apparently, the three had forced their way into Spinelli's apartment and the other three were accomplices, the police said.

However, Italian media said many questions surrounding the episode remained unanswered, the report said.

The hostage-takers are said to have told Spinelli that the documents could overturn a 2011 court ruling that had forced one of Berlusconi's companies to pay compensation to a rival media firm, the report added.

Berlusconi hit headlines after facing a number of legal cases over the years, mostly involving his business activities. (ANI)

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