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ROME – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation on suspicion of bribing a senator to change sides in parliament, deepening the legal troubles of one of the key players in the country’s post-election deadlock.

Berlusconi’s lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said the accusation “was without foundation”.

The allegations were detailed in a document from prosecutors posted on Thursday on the website of Italy’s parliament, which must approve the court’s request to search a Berlusconi security deposit box and access his phone records.

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