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Berlusconi faces another trial as government talks heat up

The 81-year-old’s Forza Italia party is set to play a key role in negotiating a new government following the inconclusive March 4 elections.

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faces yet another trial, this time for allegedly paying aspiring showgirls to lie during a previous court case.

A Milan court has indicted Berlusconi for judicial corruption, along with four young women who allegedly accepted the bribes, and set a trial date for May 9.

It is the second trial against the media mogul stemming from the sensational case in which he was charged with having paid an under-age Moroccan teenager for sex. He was acquitted in that case.

Berlusconi, 81, is once again at the centre of Italian politics, as his Forza Italia party is set to play a key role in negotiating a new government following the inconclusive March 4 elections.

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