Court Dismisses Berlusconi Charges

    Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reacts during the presentation of politician Antonio Razzi's book "Le mie mani pulite" (My clean hands) on February 1, 2012 at the Italian parliament in Rome. The Clean Hands campaign was a judicial investigation into political corruption in the 1990s.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Italian court dismissed charges of corruption against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, saying the statute of limitations had run out. Berlusconi had been accused of paying British lawyer David Mills $600,000 to lie during two trials in the 1990s. Berlusconi had denied any wrongdoing, although the case is just the latest in a long string of legal problems for the billionaire media mogul, although he has been acquitted in all of them or they have been thrown out due to statute of limitations. He did not appear in court on Saturday.

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