Italian PM cleared in tax fraud case

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  • Italian prime minister cleared of tax fraud and other charges related to his media company
  • Mediaset's chairman as well as Berlusconi's son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, will stand trial
A Milan judge on Tuesday cleared Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of charges of tax fraud and misappropriation of funds related to his commercial broadcast company, Mediaset, a prosecutor said.
Berlusconi's son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, and Mediaset Chairman Fedele Confalonieri were indicted in the case, according to prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale.
Company executives have been under investigation for allegedly failing to pay $45 million in corporate taxes and other fiscal crimes from 2000 to 2003.
Berlusconi has called the allegations politically motivated.