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Prosecutors request another Berlusconi indictment

(ANSA) - Rome, February 16 - Former premier Silvio Berlusconi could face a fifth criminal trial after Rome prosecutors on Thursday requested he be indicted along with 11 other people for alleged fraud at a subsidiary of his Mediaset broadcasting empire. Berlusconi was acquitted of a similar case in Milan, also concerning alleged wrongdoi...
Prosecutors request another Berlusconi indictment
(ANSA) - Rome, February 16 - Former premier Silvio Berlusconi could face a fifth criminal trial after Rome prosecutors on Thursday requested he be indicted along with 11 other people for alleged fraud at a subsidiary of his Mediaset broadcasting empire. Berlusconi was acquitted of a similar case in Milan, also concerning alleged wrongdoing in the trading of film rights by the Mediatrade subsidiary, in Milan in October. The other people prosecutors requested be sent to trial included Berlusconi's son Piersilvio and Egyptian-born director and producer Frank Agrama. They are suspected of arranging for Mediatrade to buy film rights at inflated rates, with a part of the fees being fed back into offshore accounts to dodge taxes. If a preliminary judge agrees to send the case to trial, it risks being timed out next year as the most recent of alleged acts of wrongdoing date back to 2005. On Wednesday Milan prosecutors requested that Silvio Berlusconi receive a five-year prison term for allegedly bribing British tax lawyer David Mills to hush up evidence in two of the ex-premier's previous trials. Judges are set to hand down a sentence later this month in the case, which also risks being timed out by the statute of limitations.
Berlusconi is also on trial in three other cases, all in Milan.
One regards allegations he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and used his power to try to cover it up, another concerns accusations of fraud at his media empire and the third regards alleged involvement in the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap. In the ongoing and several other previous trials, Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the victim of a minority group of allegedly leftwing prosecutors and judges who he says are persecuting him for political reasons. "It's a judicial persecution, an unlimited operation of defamation that has made the Milan court a special court that wants to oust Berlusconi from politics and destroy him as a person," the ex-premier told one of his Mediaset TV channels on Thursday. In more than a dozen cases, the premier has never received a definitive conviction, sometimes because of law changes passed by his governments, while some other charges were timed out by the statute of limitations.

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