Berlusconi attends court for graft hearing

AFP , Monday 19 Sep 2011

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi attends a hearing for corruption over paying a former lawyer money to give a false testimony in a 1990s case

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was in court in Milan on Monday for a hearing into allegations he paid a former lawyer 416,000 euros ($600,000) for false testimony about his business dealings.

The embattled Berlusconi, who faces a string of other legal challenges, is alleged to have paid the money to his former British lawyer David Mills for false testimony in a case dating back to the 1990s.

The Milan court, resuming proceedings suspended in Juky, was expected Monday to hear video testimony from Swiss fund manager Maria De Fusco who is alleged to have trasmitted the payment to Mills.

An apparently unbtroubled Berlusconi arrived in the courtroom smiling to journalists and saying: "Me, I'm fine, it is you who look a bit rough."

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