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Berlusconi appears in court on corruption charges

By the CNN Wire Staff
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi addresses the crowd outside court in Milan on Monday -- he faces financial corruption charges.
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi addresses the crowd outside court in Milan on Monday -- he faces financial corruption charges.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Italy's prime minister appears confident in court as he denies the charges
  • Berlusconi is accused of financial impropriety related to his media empire
  • The case is not related to the sex charges related to dancer Karima el Mahroug
  • The financial case has been in and out of court for years

Milan, Italy (CNN) -- Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived in court in Milan, Italy, on Monday, to face financial corruption charges related to his media empire.

The case is not related to the headline-grabbing allegations that he paid for sex repeatedly with an underage prostitute and later tried to pull strings to get her out of jail when she was arrested for theft.

Monday's trial is related to alleged fraud in the sale of movie and television rights by Mediaset, Berlusconi's broadcasting company.

Berlusconi appeared confident as he appeared in court Monday, denying the charges.

The case has been in and out of court for years, with Judge Fabio Paparella ordering Berlusconi in 2006 to stand trial on charges of false accounting, embezzlement, and tax fraud.

Berlusconi later passed a law shielding top government officials from prosecution while they're in office, then saw it struck down by judges.

He appeared in court two weeks ago for a preliminary hearing related to the current case.

It's one of four cases he's fighting at the moment, including charges involving the alleged prostitute, Karima el Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby the Heart-stealer."

He denies all charges.

CNN's Diana Magnay and Hada Messia contributed to this report.

 
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