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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Berlusconi Trial Begins

MILAN () -- Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial for corruption Wednesday, casting a long shadow over his future at the high table of Italian politics.

The trial will pit crusading anti-graft magistrates against the businessman-turned-politician who says he is the target of a campaign to wreck his ambitions to lead Italy again.

Berlusconi, his brother Paolo, and nine others, have been charged in connection with bribes paid to tax inspectors by companies in his Fininvest empire in return for lenient audits.