An Italian court said Friday that it would rule on a corruption case against ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi by February 11, over two weeks before the statute of limitations run out. The Milan court said it has accepted a deal on trial dates agreed between prosecutors and defence, with the prosecution due to sum up its case on February 9 and the defence to conclude on February 11, just before the ruling. The billionaire tycoon, who stood down as premier in November, is accused of bribing Briton David Mills with $600,000 (440,000 euros) to provide false evidence during two trials in the mid-1990s. Mills, who was Berlusconi's tax lawyer, had written a letter to Britain's Inland Revenue service claiming that he had received the money from the former prime minister.
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