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Berlusconi bribe case wraps up

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Prosecutor Ilda Bocassini asked a Milan court to sentence Italo Premiere Silvio Berlusconi to eight years in jail on suspicion of bribing judges as the prime minister’s four-year corruption trial reached its closing stages.

Milan magistrates have accused Berlusconi of bribing judges in the ’80s, before he entered the political arena, to stop the sale of state-owned food company SME to longtime business rival Carlo De Benedetti.

Berlusconi has denied the charges and said that he is just the victim of a political plot by left-wing magistrates. He has refused to resign.

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