Verdict comes at end of five-year case against mob bosses, police investigators and an associate of Silvio Berlusconi

A court in Italy has convicted eight men – including mob bosses, police investigators and a close associate of Silvio Berlusconi – over a secret attempt to negotiate with the Sicilian mafia in order to end a bloody bombing campaign in the 1990s

After the verdict, members of the public cheered the prosecutors. Eight men were handed jail sentences ranging from eight to 28 years, including three former heads of the security police department – Mario Mori, Giuseppe De Donno and Antonio Subranni – and the co-founder of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, Marcello Dell’Utri.

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