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Berlusconi to be investigated for perjury

ROME, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, fighting to maintain his Senate seat, will face a perjury probe related to his recent trial, prosecutors said.

A court in Milan said Thursday Berlusconi, 77, paid witnesses during his trial for having sex with an under age prostitute, "systematically" contaminating the case with "criminal behavior."

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The court sentenced him in June to seven years in prison for paying Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug for sex even though he knew she was a minor.

An investigation is being readied into perjury allegations, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Friday.

The report said an effort to eject Berlusconi from parliament has been delayed.

The Italian Senate was to vote next week on eject Berlusconi for his conviction in an unrelated case for tax fraud. He has said he fears he will be at the mercy of prosecutors if he loses the immunity from arrest members of the Senate enjoy.

He has remained the leader of his center-right party in parliament, ANSA noted.

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