Prosecutors in Milan have asked a judge to order Italian Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and British lawyer David Mills to stand trial on corruption charges. Berlusconi’s latest brush with the law comes just one month before the Italian General Election.
Mills, the estranged husband of British culture minister Tessa Jowell, is accused of taking a bribe for giving misleading testimony in two court cases on Berlusconi’s behalf. Both men deny the charges. The judge will now have to decide if the pair should go to trial, but this appears to be a formality as prosecutors would not be attempting to take such a high-profile case to court if they had not already assembled what they consider to be conclusive proof.
Berlusconi is currently campaigning hard to reduce the centre-left coalition’s lead in the opinion polls. It is unclear what effect these new accusations will have on his electoral chances.