Agence France-PresseOctober 23, 2013 12:47
An Italian judge on Wednesday ordered Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party's ranks, in the latest legal woe for the former prime minister.
Berlusconi was formally charged along with his former associate, Valter Lavitola, who is accused of acting as an intermediary in the 3.0-million euro ($4.0-million) bribe, lawyers said.
The senator himself, Sergio De Gregorio, helped investigators and was granted a 20-month sentence under a plea bargain by the hearing in Naples.
The trial is due to start on February 11, 2014.