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Milan, February 4 - Judges in a Milan court on
Monday adjourned a hearing of the trial into allegations that
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi had sex with an underage prostitute
after the defence team petitioned that it had a ''legitimate
impediment''.
Berlusconi is leading the centre right's campaign for next
month's elections and two of his defence lawyers, Niccolo
Ghedini and Piero Longo, are lawmakers for the media magnate's
People of Freedom (PdL) party who are again standing for
parliament.
The defence called on the court on Monday to delay trial
hearings due to campaign activity.
The court postponed the trial until February 11.
The lawyers said Berlusconi failed to show up in court on
Monday because he was conducting a live television interview in
the morning and was scheduled to be in the northeastern Italian
city of Trieste for institutional reasons in the afternoon.
Ghedini and Longo said they had suspended their own campaign
activities in order to be present in the courtroom.
The judges have on several occasions rejected petitions for
the whole trial to be delayed until after the parliamentary
elections on February 24 and 25.
Berlusconi is accused of paying to have sex with a young
Moroccan dancer, Karima El Mahroug, better known as Ruby the
Heart-stealer, before she was 18 during alleged Bunga Bunga sex
parties at his home.
Both the ex-premier and the woman deny ever having sex. She
said money she received from Berlusconi was given as part of a
gift.
Berlusconi is also accused of abuse of office for allegedly
having used his influence when he was premier to spring El
Mahroug from a Milan police station to hush up the affair after
an unrelated theft claim.
The charge of having sex with an underage prostitute
carries a jail term of up to three years, and abuse of office 12
years.

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