Silvio Berlusconi sex trial verdict due after Feb. vote
ReutersMILAN--Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi will not face a verdict in a trial where he is charged with paying for sex with a juvenile prostitute until after elections next month, according to a decision by judges that could help his political comeback.
January 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
A new timetable of hearings set by Milan judges on Monday shows the last session in the trial will be held on March 11, well after the Feb. 24-25 elections.
Milan judges last week rejected Berlusconi's request to have the trial suspended until after the elections.
Berlusconi, who has surged in opinion polls in recent weeks but still lags the centre-left Democratic Party, is charged with paying for sex with a minor, and denies all charges.
The judges on Monday again rejected a bid by Berlusconi's lawyers to have the trial halted.
The lawyers, Niccolo Ghedini and Piero Longo, justified their new request by saying they are both standing for Berlusconi's party in the Veneto region and would not be able to campaign if the trial went ahead. Judge Giulia Turri said the argument was “too generic.”