Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Berlusconi asks court to postpone Mediaset tax fraud hearing

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Milan, February 7 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
has requested a Milan court to postpone a hearing of his appeal
trial regarding a one-year sentence for tax fraud on film rights
for his Mediaset TV group.
Berlusconi's defense team said the center-right leader's
election commitments constituted a "legitimate impediment" to
his participation in the hearing.
In the lead up to February 24-25 elections, Berlusconi is
conducting a media blitz and increasing public appearances.
The two members of the defense team are also political
candidates for the ex-premier's Peole of Freedom party (PdL) and
involved in campaigning.
Judges did rule in his favor regarding missing a court
appearance due to a legitimate impediment in January, when the
76-year-old media tycoon was at a national convention for his
PdL party in Rome.
It is not his only active trial.
Judges in a Milan court on Monday adjourned a hearing of
the trial into allegations that Berlusconi had sex with an
underage prostitute after the defence team petitioned
"legitimate impediment" and postponed the trial until February
11.
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
reasons.
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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