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Ruling hits Berlusconi immunity bid

A top Italian court has rejected as unconstitutional an immunity law shielding Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from trial but maintained some room for immunity.

The Constitutional Court's ruling stopped short of completely rejecting the law shielding Mr Berlusconi, which would have immediately reopened two trials, on corruption and tax fraud charges respectively.

But it also gives judges discretion in deciding whether the premier should be exempt from trial.

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