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ROME Feb 16 Prosecutors have asked a Rome
court to put Silvio Berlusconi and his son on trial for tax
evasion, judicial sources said on Thursday, part of a broader
enquiry into Mediaset, the media group owned by the
former Italian prime minister.
Prosecutors say that Mediaset, where his son Pier Silvio is
deputy chairman, violated tax laws when it bought the rights for
Hollywood films and TV shows. Berlusconi and his son were part
of a scheme to defraud the tax authorities of 10 million euros
($13.07 million) by inflating invoices between 2004 and 2005,
A Mediaset spokeswoman would not immediate comment on the
Prosecutors are also seeking to bring charges against 10
other people, including former and present managers at Mediaset.
Berlusconi, who stepped down as prime minister last
November, is already facing a series of other legal cases
including bribing a lawyer and the "Rubygate" scandal in which
he is accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. He
denies all charges.
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(Writing by Steve Scherer and Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Ben