Berlusconi attends fraud case hearing

Milan – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attended a legal hearing today for the first time in eight years over allegations of fiscal fraud and breach of trust in his business interests.

The hearing in Milan is part of a process to decide whether Berlusconi, a billionaire tycoon-turned-politician with a vast media empire, should stand trial in the case involving his company Mediatrade.

Pier Silvio Cipolotti, a member of the law office representing Berlusconi, previously told AFP that the hearing would happen behind “closed doors” and that the prime minister was unlikely to make any official statements during it.

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