Seriously ill ex-Italian prime minister Berlusconi, prosecutor says

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi addresses the media as he leaves the San Raffaele Milan Hospital in Milan, Italy, September 14, 2020. REUTERS / Flavio Lo Scalzo

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is gravely ill and his witness corruption trial should be temporarily suspended, a Milan prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Berlusconi, 84, was hospitalized and released this year after contracting COVID-19 last September, and speculation has grown in recent days about his deteriorating health.

“We firmly believe that Berlusconi is seriously ill and suffering from a serious illness. This is what the medical certificates and the consultations show,” said prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano.

Speaking at a hearing for a case related to a case in which Berlusconi was acquitted of having sex with an underage girl nicknamed ‘Ruby’, Siciliano said Berlusconi should be temporarily exempted from his trial.

The judge will decide whether to separate Berlusconi’s position from the other defendants on May 26, when there is a new hearing.

The quadruple Prime Minister is accused of having bribed witnesses so that they remain silent on the case of the prostitution of minors, from 2013. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

The media mogul left San Raffaele Hospital in Milan after a five-day stay on Saturday. He was hospitalized in March and twice in April. He also went to the hospital in January with a heart problem. Read more

“He is being taken care of at home. Of course, we are concerned,” Berlusconi’s lawyer Federico Cecconi told reporters.

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