Berlusconi`s wiretap trial postponed in Italy
Milan: An Italian court accepted a request from former premier Silvio Berlusconi`s defence team and agreed to postpone his wiretap leaks trial until after the February 24-25 national election in which he is a candidate.
Prosecutors have asked for a one-year jail sentence for Berlusconi for his alleged role in the publication of wiretap transcripts in a newspaper owned by his media empire and three years for his brother Paolo, the publisher of Milan newspaper Il Giornale.
The court today set the next trial date for March 07.
The ruling was in contrast to the decision by another court, which rejected Berlusconi`s bid to halt his sex-for-hire trial. That ruling makes a verdict likely before the vote. Berlusconi says he is innocent of all charges.
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