Berlusconi sex trial hearing postponed

Comment on this story
iol pic wld italy -politics -silvio AFP Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech during a campaign rally to present the list of the PDL candidates for the upcoming elections, in Rome.

Rome - An Italian court on Monday postponed until next month a hearing in former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial for abuse of power and paying an underage dancer for sex, the Ansa news agency reported.

The hearing will now take place on March 4, meaning it will come after a general election on February 24-25. Berlusconi was campaigning on Monday and did not appear in court to hear the decision, another factor which weighed upon the postponement decision.

Last week, the verdict in an appeal by Berlusconi against a four-year jail term for tax fraud was postponed to March 23.

Berlusconi's lawyers said the postponement was necessary in order not to influence the election campaign, in which he is trying to catch up on front-running centre-left rivals.

Berlusconi also faces a third trial, for passing on confidential information to a newspaper owned by his brother and, by so doing, hurting a political opponent. - Sapa-dpa

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines