Berlusconi & Mills to stand trial

Monday 30 October 2006 17.53
Silvio Berlusconi  - To stand trial
Silvio Berlusconi - To stand trial

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the British lawyer David Mills have been ordered to stand trial on corruption charges.

The announcement was made by Mr Berlusconi's lawyer.

Milan magistrates had accused Mr Berlusconi of paying Mr Mills, the estranged husband of British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, over €470,000 for not revealing details of Mr Berlusconi's media empire when he testified in two court cases.

Both men have denied wrongdoing.