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Berlusconi in Milan court for fraud trial

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Berlusconi in Milan court for fraud trial

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Italy’s Prime Minister has appeared in court for the first time in almost eight years in a trial over alleged fraud.

Silvio Berlusconi and several other people are accused of embezzlement over the acquisition of television rights for inflated prices.

The hearing was adjourned after roughly two hours until next Monday.

His appearance comes after the Constitutional Court lifted his immunity from prosecution – a decision that still divides many Italians.

Hundreds of people came to express their feelings outside the Milan courthouse. Some in support of Berlusconi and just as many against.

Berlusconi, who denies the charges, is also facing a string of corruption and fraud cases linked to his Mediaset broadcasting empire and a separate trial in which he’s accused of having sex with an underage prostitute.