Berlusconi accused of ordering 'bribe' payment

A leading Italian newspaper today said Milan prosecutors had placed Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi under investigation for allegedly bribing a British lawyer to give false testimony.

No one was immediately available at Berlusconi’s office to comment on the report.

Corriere della Sera said Berlusconi was accused of ordering the payment of at least $600,000 (€502,000) to British lawyer David Mills in 1997 to give false testimony in two trials against Berlusconi.

The newspaper said prosecutors were investigating Berlusconi on charges of corruption and aiding false testimony.

It said Mills was also under investigation in the case.

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