An Italian judge on Wednesday rejected a request by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to suspend a corruption trial against him because he is seriously ill.
However, Judge Marco Tremolada has set the next hearing of all defendants for September 8, giving the 84-year-old billionaire more than three months to recover from his latest illness.
Quadruple Prime Minister Berlusconi went to hospital this year after contracting COVID-19 last September, and speculation has risen in recent days that his health has deteriorated.
At a hearing into a case related to a case in which he was acquitted of having sex with an underage girl nicknamed “Ruby”, Tremolada ruled that Berlusconi’s position should not be separated from the other defendants , rejecting the pleadings of the prosecutors and the defense. Read more
Berlusconi is accused of having bribed witnesses to remain silent on the case of child prostitution. He has always denied any wrongdoing.
“Berlusconi’s inability to attend the trial can inevitably lead to trial paralysis for the other defendants,” said Berlusconi’s lawyer Federico Cecconi.
Prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano said Berlusconi suffered from multiple psychiatric and neurological conditions that are unlikely to be cured by September, but the judge said the court was optimistic about his recovery.
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