Berlusconi`s lawyers seek to move Milan trials

Lawyers of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi filed motions to change the jurisdiction of two trials nearing verdicts in Milan.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2013, 21:22 PM IST

Milan: Lawyers of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi filed motions to change the jurisdiction of two trials nearing verdicts in Milan.
Berlusconi`s lawyers claim the Milan courts are biased against Berlusconi and sought Friday to move the trials to Brescia, also in the Lombardy region.

Berlusconi`s defence has been at loggerheads with the Milan courts as they have petitioned to delay hearings due to Berlusconi`s hospitalisation for an eye inflammation. Both courts have demanded exams by court-appointed doctors, enraging members of Berlusconi`s party who allege judges are trying to sideline him politically.

Italy`s magistrates association has denied the allegations, which it says undermine the judges` independence. Milan courts are hearing Berlusconi`s sex-for-hire trial and appeal on a tax fraud conviction.

Berlusconi is expected to be released from the hospital later on Friday.

PTI