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World IN BRIEF : ITALY : Berlusconi in Court, But Still May Lead

From Times Wire Reports

Silvio Berlusconi, the media magnate who won and lost the premiership in 1994, went on trial on corruption charges just as he attempts a political comeback. President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro is expected to interview Berlusconi on Friday as part of an ongoing search for a new premier after the resignation last week of Prime Minister Lamberto Dini. Berlusconi heads Italy’s center-right political coalition, and maintains that political opponents are behind charges that he bribed tax auditors.


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