Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and the country’s richest man, was on Friday sent for trial by a judge in Milan in a case involving alleged fraudulent accounting and money laundering in his business empire. 2

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and the country’s richest man, was on Friday sent for trial by a judge in Milan in a case involving alleged fraudulent accounting and money laundering in his business empire.

Another 12 people were also sent for trial including Briton David Mills. He is a former lawyer to Mr Berlusconi and the estranged husband of Tessa Jowell, a UK cabinet minister and trusted ally of Tony Blair, Britain’s prime minister.

The trial, scheduled to start in November, is separate from the legal investigation involving Mr Mills and an alleged improper payment from Mr Berlusconi.

Mr Berlusconi has been the subject of numerous investigations and trials for years. He has been convicted on some occasions but the convictions have either been overturned on appeal or annulled by statutes of limitations governing the cases.

Friday’s move by the judge in Milan came at the end of preliminary hearings to consider evidence assembled by prosecutors that there had been improper accounting, money laundering and tax fraud in the purchase of television and film rights from the US in the 1990s.

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