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Sex trial against Berlusconi starts

04-07-2011 09:02 BJT

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The trial of the controversial Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has opened. He's charged with paying for sex with an underage prostitute, and then trying to use his influence to cover it up.

Berlusconi didn't attend the opening session, which lasted all of seven minutes and was devoted to formalities. The trial has been adjourned until May 31st. Unlike other trials, this one puts the premier's personal life under scrutiny.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 06: Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against Italian
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi outside the Palazzo di Giustizia on April 6, 2011 in
Milan, Italy. Berlusconi, who denies any wrong doing, is charged with paying for sex
with under-aged prostitute Karima El Mahroug. The trial, which neither Berlusconi or
Mahroug attended, has been adjourned until May 31. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

A conviction may end his political career. Both Berlusconi and the teenager Karima el-Mahroug have denied the accusations. Outside the Milan courthouse, Berlusconi supporters swapped insults with his opponents. Berlusconi's defense and political allies, are trying to get the trial transferred to the Tribunal of Ministers, which deals with offences committed by public officials in the execution of their duties.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 06: A demonstrator holds a placard
during a protest against Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi outside the Palazzo di Giustizia on April 6, 2011
in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

Berlusconi Ruby gate sex trial - Milan.The Berlusconi Ruby gate sex trial begins. The
picture show people protesting in front of the court Palazzo di Giustizia in Milan.



Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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