January 14, 2013 / 1:46 PM / 5 years ago

Italy court rejects Berlusconi bid to suspend sex trial

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

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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