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Silvio Berlusconi to face trial on corruption charges

A Milan judge has ordered former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges.

Judge Carlo Ottone De Marchi ordered the trial to begin on April 5 in Milan, said Italian news agency ANSA.

Milan daily Corriere della Sera said the former three-time premier is accused of having shelled out some 10 million euros (£7.97m), plus expensive gifts, to 20 young women who attended sexy parties at his Arcore villa near Milan.

Mr Berlusconi's lawyers deny any wrongdoing by their client, saying he is being tried for his "generosity" to the women.

Prosecutors allege the centre-right leader opposition aimed to "buy" the women's silence in various trials involving him.



From Belfast Telegraph