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Berlusconi denies pressuring police

Silvio Berlusconi Credit: Press Association

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied that he pressured police officers into releasing a prostitute from prison.

The 76-year-old said he didn't tell police that a nightclub dancer in their custody was the niece of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in May 2010.

He accused the court in Milan of mounting in a "politically driven" campaign against him.