Italian high court clears former PM of mafia connections Chris Buell at 10:30 AM ET
The Italian high court Friday upheld the dismissal of charges against former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti by a lower court, bringing to a close an 11-year judicial struggle. The high court ruled that all charges stemming from the 1980s were barred by a statute of limitations, but the ruling leaves some doubt hanging over Andreotti's career. Known as "Mr. Italy" abroad due to his longevity in Italian politics, Andreotti had been previously cleared in two trials held in Palermo, Sicily. He had been charged with protecting the mafia's interest during his tenure in power and meeting with some of the organization's top leaders. Reuters has more.
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