Sergio De Gregorio: from journalism to politics, the thousand faces of the ex senator “bought” by Berlusconi


Who does not remember the sale of senators by Silvio Berlusconi to bring down the second Prodi government? Among those MPs who passed to the center right from one day to the other there was also Sergio De Gregorio, who today appears among the names of the 9 people arrested in the operation, coordinated by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Rome, which concerns the crimes of extortion to owners of the premises in the center of Rome, money laundering and self-laundering.


Nine arrests for extortion and money laundering: there is also the ex-senator Sergio De Gregorio

It was the year 2008: with the exit of Udeur from the majority coalition and the contrary vote of Senators Fisichella and Dini, the second Prodi government closed its doors. It was January 24, the Budget had been approved shortly after a tense month of December. During the short legislature of the center-left 2006-2008, the chatter about the maneuvers to move parliamentarians from the center-left to the center-right was on the agenda. And the needle of the balance was him, De Gregorio, who received 3 million euros from Berlusconi to pass from the Idv – the party of Antonio Di Pietro which at the time was part of theUnion of Prodi – at Forza Italia. This was revealed by the former senator himself, in the role of prosecution witness in the trial on the sale of parliamentarians who saw defendants Berlusconi and Valter Lavitola (former director of The Next) sentenced to three years in 2015 (but then the crime ended in prescription). De Gregorio negotiated the penalty in a separate proceeding.


Berlusconi investigated, speaks De Gregorio: “He paid me in black with bills in installments”

Neapolitan, 59 years old (born September 16, 1960), married and with four children, De Gregorio was an assault journalist before going into politics. In August 1995, when he worked for the weekly Today, was the protagonist of a scoop: he found the repentant Tommaso Buscetta on a cruise and gave him a long interview, also publishing some photographs. At the beginning of his journalistic career, De Gregorio photographed the model Terry Bloom in prison without permission for killing the Roman playboy Francesco D’Alessio in the 80s. During the Gulf War he entered Iraq for a report disguised as a Red Cross doctor. Then the love for politics, between turns and changes of jacket: from the PSI (also becomes director of The Next) to Forza Italia, from Italia dei Valori to the PDL to the Italian Movement in the world. Involved in 2007 in an investigation for money laundering and aiding the Camorra, in 2008 in Reggio Calabria he was entered in the register of suspects for external competition in association with crime of mafia type (but the following year the case was closed). In 2012 he was involved in another investigation into the false invoicing of the The Next: house arrest is requested for him but colleagues from the Senate save him by denying authorization to proceed. On March 15, 2013, after his term as parliamentarian and his immunity expired, he was established in Rome and served house arrest in his home in Parioli.

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