ROME ? Italian prosecutors have launched an investigation against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for alleged tax evasion linked to his Mediaset media empire, Italian news agencies reported on Friday.
The allegations are linked to tax declarations for 2003 and 2004 and are part of a wider inquiry into Mediaset, the reports said.
Berlusconi's son Piersilvio, deputy chairman of Mediaset, and other senior managers have also been placed under investigation, they added.
Mediaset was founded by Berlusconi in the 1970s and includes Italy's three main privately-owned national television channels.