The Indian Express 
February 15, 2013
Defending Finmeccanica’s jailed ex-CEO Giuseppe Orsi, Italy’s three-time former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday that bribes are a necessary part of doing business globally.
“Bribes are a phenomenon that exists and it’s useless to deny the existence of these necessary situations,” Berlusconi said in a televised interview.
“These are not crimes. We’re talking about paying a commission to someone in that country. Why, because those are the rules in that country,” he was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
Italian news agency ANSA quoted Berlusconi as saying that probes by Italian prosecutors into contracts Italian firms sign abroad were a form of “economic suicide”.
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