Italy’s Berlusconi Cleared in Tax Fraud Case

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Milan has declined to indict Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on tax fraud and embezzlement charges involving his Mediaset company.

Mr. Berlusconi was accused of wrongdoing in his company's sale of film rights. The prime minister's lawyer praised the decision, saying that Mr. Berlusconi “had nothing to do with it.”

However, the court indicted Mr. Berlusconi's eldest son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Mediaset chairman Fedele Confalonieri and several other defendants. Judicial sources say prosecutors in the case will appeal the decision to clear the prime minister.

Mr. Berlusconi still faces three other trials, including two separate tax fraud and corruption cases and a third for allegedly paying an underage prostitute for sex and then trying to cover it up.

Prime Minister Berlusconi has denied any wrongdoing. He has accused Milan prosecutors of waging a politically motivated campaign to oust him from power.