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Berlusconi rival seeking $41M in moral damages

Created: 12/11/2013 6:05 AM

(AP) MILAN - An Italian industrialist’s company says it is suing Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company for 30 million euros ($41 million) on top of the nearly 500 million euros it was previously awarded.

The CIR Group said in a statement Wednesday it was seeking moral damages for a corruption case involving the purchase of the Mondadori publishing house.

Industrialist Carlo De Benedetti, whose holdings include the Espresso editorial group, lost ownership of Mondadori to Berlusconi in a bitter legal fight. Three Berlusconi associates and a judge were convicted in 2007 of corruption in the case, leading to the separate civil damage claim.

Berlusconi and his family have contested the allegations and the damages.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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