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Gulf News: Berlusconi trial hearings open

Milan: A judge opened hearings on Monday to decide if Silvio Berlusconi should face trial in a corruption case, and lawyers presented documents which his defence said would clear the former prime minister.

Milan prosecutors have accused Berlusconi of paying lawyer David Mills, the estranged husband of British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, a kickback of $600,000 for not revealing details of his media empire when he testified in two court cases.

Lawyers for Mills presented information yesterday which Berlusconi's lawyers said proved the money was not connected to the politician or his family holding firm Fininvest.

"This paperwork proves that we are talking about money that has nothing to do with Berlusconi and Fininvest," Niccolo Ghedini, one of Berlusconi's lawyers, said, adding that they had received a voluminous file. "We are completely at ease."

by Fran on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 12:04:58 AM EST
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