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Detained Berlusconi ally taken ill in Lebanon

April 16, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security official says a longtime ally of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi detained in Lebanon has been moved to a Beirut hospital after falling ill.

The official said Marcello Dell’Utri is in stable condition.

A former executive in Berlusconi’s media empire, Dell’Utri faces a final appeal of his conviction of Mafia association in Italy.

He was declared a fugitive in Italy and detained in Lebanon. Italy said Saturday it was preparing to seek his extradition.

Dell’Utri denies any ties to the Sicilian Mafia, and any link between the crime syndicate and Berlusconi.

The Lebanese official said he was taken from a central prison to a Beirut hospital for treatment. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements.

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