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Berlusconi's defense team asks for Ruby-hearing postponement

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Milan, February 8 - Defence lawyers for Silvio
Berlusconi requested that a Milan court delay a hearing slated
for Monday due to campaign activity in a trial into allegations
that the ex-premier had sex with an underage prostitute.
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 team petitioned the court saying that it had a
"legitimate impediment".
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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