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Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial today on charges of underage sex and abuse of power

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial today on charges of underage sex and abuse of power

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial today on charges of underage sex and abuse of power

ONE OF the most extraordinary and eagerly awaited trials in recent political history kicks off today with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi facing down squalid sex and corruption charges that could deliver a total of 15 years in prison.

Mr Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute and then lying and abusing his powers to cover it up. He insists the charges are part of a politically motivated attack by leftist magistrates.


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