The hospital responded in a statement, describing the investigation as a "hoax" and saying that it "contained false, dated and gravely defamatory accusations and conjectures that had been denied by an independent report of the Holy See. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. The trial began on July 18 as scheduled.
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On the first day of hearings, both Profiti and Spina appeared before the Vatican tribunal and had both their motions to dismiss the trial and bar journalists from covering the trial rejected. It was announced afterwards on the first day of hearings that the trial was adjourned until September 7 and that Cardinal Bertone could be called as a witness when the trial resumes. On September 19, Profiti testified that hospital funds were used for the renovation with the idea that Cardinal Bertone could host intimate dinners for eight to ten wealthy potential donors at a time at least half-a-dozen times a year,   but also defended himself by further testifying that the expense was justified because he intended to use Cardinal Bertone's apartment for fundraisers that would have more than repaid the investment within four to five years.
On October 3, , Gianantonio Bandera , an Italian businessman whose now-bankrupt contracting firm renovated the apartment,  said that Bertone personally oversaw the renovation and contacted him directly without taking bids, as would ordinarily be required. On October 14, ,  the three-judge tribunal overseeing the trial acquitted Spina and convicted Profiti of a lesser offense of abuse of office after the defense argued that the money was intended as an investment to benefit the hospital rather than Bertone's apartment.
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But in reality, and while in power, he frequently embarrassed Italy on the international stage, and horrified Eurocrats with his puerile jokes. If, as seems probable, there is a crisis in the coalition after the European elections, there may be fresh elections in the autumn. Prime-time Berlusconi was extraordinary because he was a libertine billionaire in charge of a G8 country.
The miserable showing of Forza Italia at 8. Ever the maker of his own myth, Berlusconi has often been said to harbour ambitions of becoming president of Italy. But that dream has now evaporated with his votes.
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