Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Rwandan singer amongst terror plot suspects

Read more

DEBATE

What's Putin's Plan? Kiev Accuses Russia of Terrorism

Read more

FOCUS

Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

Read more

WEB NEWS

Chile: Online mobilization to help Valparaiso fire victims

Read more

ENCORE!

Art, sex, money, memory and manga

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Spat over Iran's UN ambassador hampers thawing relations with US

Read more

FOCUS

China trade deal: Is Taiwan's identity under threat?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Call it a caretaker government'

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria's Battles

Read more

  • Frantic search for survivors of sunken South Korea ferry

    Read more

  • Algeria heads to the polls: ‘This election has nothing to do with us’

    Read more

  • Crunch talks on Ukraine in Geneva

    Read more

  • Man executed in Texas for 2002 triple murder

    Read more

  • Scandal-hit French doctor Jacques Servier dies at 92

    Read more

  • Belgian head of wildlife reserve shot in DR Congo

    Read more

  • India heads to polls in single-biggest day of voting

    Read more

  • Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

    Read more

  • US rolls out red carpet for French critic of capitalism

    Read more

  • N. Korea not amused by London hair salon's Kim Jong-un ad

    Read more

  • Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

    Read more

  • France's new PM targets welfare in drive to cut spending

    Read more

  • Campaigning against Bouteflika's re-election... in France

    Read more

  • Brazil club Mineiro cancel Anelka signing after no-show

    Read more

  • Syria 'torture' photos silence UN Security Council members

    Read more

  • Paris laboratory loses deadly SARS virus samples

    Read more

  • More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria

    Read more

  • New York police disband unit targeting Muslims

    Read more

  • 'Miracle girl' healthy after seven-organ transplant in Paris

    Read more

  • Paris police memo calling for Roma eviction ‘rectified’

    Read more

  • Burgundy digs into France's bureaucratic 'mille-feuille'

    Read more

  • French court drops ‘hate speech’ case against Bob Dylan

    Read more

  • Algeria rights crackdown slammed ahead of election

    Read more

  • Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib jail over security fears

    Read more

Europe

Prosecutor chides Italian PM a day after poll rout

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-14

A day after Italy's prime minister suffered a humiliating defeat in nationwide referendums, the lead prosecutor in Silvio Berlusconi's under-age prostitution trial hit back at attempts to have the proceedings moved away from a Milan court.

REUTERS - Prosecutors went on the offensive Tuesday at a trial hearing allegations that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and abused the powers of his office to hush it up.

"It's clear that there were people who were prostituting themselves" during raunchy parties at Berlusconi's luxurious villa near Milan last year, the lead prosecutor in the case, Ilda Boccassini, said at the hearing.

She also fought back against claims by Berlusconi's lawyers made at the last hearing that the court did not have the powers to try the prime minister.

The trial over Berlusconi's alleged involvement with nightclub dancer Karima El-Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", began on April 6.

Boccassini said that Berlusconi had "committed a common law crime and not a ministerial crime, by abusing his powers" as prime minister when he called a police station in May last year to have Ruby sprung out of police custody.

His lawyers had argued that Berlusconi should go before a special ministerial court for the abuse of power charge and that the prostitution charge should be examined by a court close to Berlusconi's villa.

"Everything began in Milan and finished in Milan," Boccassini said.

The three judges hearing the case are due to declare on July 18 whether the Milan tribunal is competent to hear the case.

Date created : 2011-06-14

  • ITALY

    Berlusconi admits defeat as Italians reject nuclear power

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Berlusconi faces fresh blow in referendums

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Berlusconi sex trial resumes after local election loss

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)