08/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Berlusconi Allegedly Hid Ancient Tombs On His Land

To add to the numerous allegations thrown at him in the past couple of months, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is now in further trouble for failing to declare 30 ancient Phoenician tombs found at his Sardinian villa, reports the BBC.

According to newly published recordings said to be of him, Berlusconi allegedly tells an escort that the Phoenician tombs from 300BC were under an artificial lake in his villa.

The BBC reports:

But officials say there is no record of him reporting any finds - a legal requirement for all Italians - and opposition MPs have called for a probe.

In the conversations, said to be between Mr Berlusconi and Ms D'Addario, the man boasts to her about his sprawling villa in Sardinia, where Mr Berlusconi has his own ice cream parlour and artificial lakes.

"Here we found 30 Phoenician tombs from [around] 300 BC," the voice said to be Mr Berlusconi is heard to say.

The Guardian questions why the authorities had not been notified of this discovery.

Government officials in nearby Olbia knew nothing about it. This is a serious matter. Failure to report an archaeological find within 24 hours is an offense in Italy punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

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