Italy court orders Berlusconi to stand trial for corruption Lauren Laing at 10:09 AM ET
[JURIST] An Italian court on Wednesday ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to step down from a rival center-left party, which helped lead to the downfall of Romano Prodi's government in 2008. Judge Amelia Primavera set the trial for a corruption charge against Berlusconi to begin February 11 in Naples. The prosecutors accuse [AKI report] Berlusconi of having paid former senator Sergio De Gregorio €3 million following the parliamentary election in 2006 to defect from the small Italy of Values party and join the center right.
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