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Italy's Berlusconi says still backs reforms agreed with Renzi

ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi, leader of Italy's main center-right party, on Saturday said he would continue to support an agreement sealed last month with center-left leader Matteo Renzi to reform the electoral law and the political system. "We will stick to the agreement on the electoral law and institutional reforms," Berlusconi said after meeting President Giorgio Napolitano, who is holding consultations with parliamentary groups on the formation of a new government.

Berlusconi bribery trial opens in Italy

Silvio Berlusconi's latest trial opened in Naples on Tuesday, this time for allegedly bribing a senator in 2006 to join his party in a move aimed at destabilising a rival centre-left government in power at the time. The trial is the third ongoing case against Berlusconi, who is appealing a prison sentence for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute and abuse of office and another for leaking a confidential police wiretap.

A year of legal pressure for Italy's Berlusconi

The trial against Silvio Berlusconi for bribing a senator starting on Tuesday is only the latest in a string of legal tussles dating back to the 1980s before the billionaire tycoon began his political career. Having now lost his shield of parliamentary immunity, the former prime minister will be under particular pressure this year during ongoing trials and appeals. Here is a list of all the ongoing cases against him. Bribery:

Berlusconi back in court for bribery in new trial

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi faces his latest trial starting on Tuesday in Naples for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party's ranks, even as he attempts to retain a leading political role. The billionaire tycoon, who lost his parliamentary immunity when he was ejected from the Senate last year over a tax fraud conviction, is not expected at the hearing and is not obliged to attend under Italian law.

Italian poll shows reform plan could favor Berlusconi-led center-right

ROME (Reuters) - A center-right alliance led by Silvio Berlusconi would be the most likely winner if Italians were to vote now under a reform proposal currently before parliament, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. Italy is attempting to change electoral rules blamed for a succession of weak, unstable governments that have struggled to revive a chronically sluggish economy or cut a public debt of around 130 percent of output.

Berlusconi cuts off monthly retainers for models

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has cut off monthly payments of 2,500 euros ($3,400) to a host of young women who attended his parties as part of cost-cutting measures by the ageing playboy, Italian media reported on Friday. The decision could also have something to do with his coming under investigation for witness tampering opened by prosecutors in connection with his conviction for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute.

Berlusconi, ex-prostitute investigated for witness tampering

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute, a court said Thursday. The fresh legal saga comes days after Berlusconi bounced back onto the political scene following his public fall from grace last year over tax fraud. The latest charges are based on bribes allegedly paid to women testifying in his trial for having sex with a then-underage prostitute nick-named Ruby the Heart Stealer and abusing his powers to favour her.

Berlusconi, ex-prostitute investigated for witness tampering

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute, a court said Thursday. Berlusconi, his lawyers and several young women including the ex-prostitute nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", are being investigated in the wake of the July verdict, which the media magnate has appealed. The billionaire has denied having sex with Ruby at what prosecutors had described as erotic parties held at his luxury residence outside Milan.

Berlusconi, ex-prostitute investigated for witness tampering

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute, a court said Thursday. Berlusconi, his lawyers and several young women including the ex-prostitute nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", are being investigated in the wake of the July verdict, which the media magnate has appealed. The billionaire has denied having sex with Ruby at what prosecutors had described as erotic parties held at his luxury residence outside Milan.

Berlusconi faces new investigation in prostitution case

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan prosecutors have opened a new investigation against Silvio Berlusconi over accusations he corrupted witnesses in a trial in which he was convicted of paying for sex with a minor. The decision to open an investigation, announced on Thursday, adds to a long series of legal problems hanging over the leader of Italy's main center-right party, who has been banned from parliament over a separate tax fraud conviction.
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