Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Next hearing of Berlusconi sex trial postponed to after vote


Milan, February 11 - A Milan court on Monday agreed
to a request from Silvio Berlusconi's defence team to postpone a
hearing of the trial into allegations that the ex-premier had
sex with an underage prostitute.
The court scheduled the next hearing for March 4, after
Italy's general election on February 24-25.
Berlusconi is leading the centre right's campaign for the
election and his lawyers argued TV appearances he had on Monday
constituted a 'legitimate impediment' that prevented him from
attending the hearing.
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
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

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