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NAPLES

Prosecutors reject Berlusconi's request to delay questioning

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Naples, March 5 - Naples prosecutors probing Silvio
Berlusconi in relation to a Senator's change of political
colours on Tuesday rejected the ex-premier's request to delay
appearing before them for questioning.
Berlusconi's lawyers said Monday that he could not meet
prosecutors on the days they had given him to choose from -
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - because of his political
commitments.
They said he was willing to be interviewed on March 15.
The prosecutors, however, have decided that the 76-year-old
media magnate does not have a "legitimate impediment" to stop
him from appearing on the days they had given, judicial sources
said Tuesday.
Berlusconi's centre-right coalition came second in Italy's
inconclusive general election.
Last week it emerged that Berlusconi was being probed in
Naples for allegedly paying three million euros to Senator
Sergio De Gregorio to switch sides from the centre left to the
centre right.
De Gregorio, who prosecutors say has admitted to receiving
bribes, defected from the centre left during Romano Prodi's
2006-2008 government and eventually joined Berlusconi's party.
The case is the latest of a series of legal headaches for
Berlusconi.
He is on trial in Milan over accusations he paid for sex
with an underage Moroccan dancer, and is accused of abuse of
office in the same case.
Berlusconi is also appealing against a one-year conviction
he was handed last year for tax fraud on film rights for his
Mediaset TV group.
The three-time premier has also been indicted over
accusations he was involved in the publication of an illegally
obtained wiretap.

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