Italy court rejects Berlusconi bid to suspend sex trial

MILAN Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:42pm GMT

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures before the taping of the talk show ''Telecamere'' at Rai television in Rome January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures before the taping of the talk show ''Telecamere'' at Rai television in Rome January 11, 2013.

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MILAN (Reuters) - A court in Milan on Monday rejected a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers that the former Italian prime minister's trial for paying for sex with a juvenile prostitute be suspended until after national elections on February 24-25.

The 76 year-old media billionaire's legal team had argued that his position as leader of a centre-right coalition fighting the election constituted a legitimate impediment to his appearing in court.

(Reporting By Silvia Aloisi)

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