Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Court rejects Berlusconi request to suspend appeals trial


Milan, January 25 - A Milan court rejected former
premier Silvio Berlusconi's request to suspend his Mediaset
appeal trial until after general elections at the end of
Berlusconi is appealing a one-year sentence for tax fraud
on film rights for his Mediaset TV group.
Judges did rule in his favor regarding missing a court
appearance due to a legitimate impediment on Friday, when the
76-year-old media tycoon was at a national convention for his
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party in Rome.
It is not his only active trial.
On Monday judges in Milan said the trial into allegations
he paid for sex with an underage prostitute will not come until
after general elections, February 24-25.
A trial into accusations Berlusconi was involved in the
publication of an illegally obtained wiretap has also been put
on hold.
In the ongoing and several other previous trials,
Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the
victim of a minority group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors
and judges who he says are persecuting him for political
Berlusconi has been tried some 30 times but has only been
convicted three times - verdicts that were either timed out or
overturned on appeal - prior to the Mediaset fraud verdict.

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