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Berlusconi back on trial over alleged tax fraud

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Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi went back on trial in Milan on Monday for alleged tax fraud.

The case is one of four the 74-year-old premier is facing.

It was suspended last April after Italian deputies passed a law granting immunity to the premier and his cabinet.

But that legislation has since been partially struck down, allowing the trial to reopen.

Berlusconi was not in court but his lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said he would attend “when his presence is needed.”

He added it would be “realistic to say that he would be at the next hearing on April 11.”

Berlusconi and several executives from his Mediaset firm are accused of making false tax declarations on behalf of the company to create slush funds worth several million euros.

Two cases related to the alleged fraud begin again in March and he also faces another trial on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power.

The billionaire media mogul denies all the allegations against him, denouncing his legal woes as a plot orchestrated by his left-wing opponents.