Milan: Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi remains hospitalised with an eye inflammation that kept him from both his sex-for-hire trial and tax fraud appeals.
San Raffaele hospital`s chief ophthalmologist, Francesco Bandello, said today that Berlusconi`s condition had only moderately improved overnight. The 76-year-old Berlusconi has bilateral uveitis and was expected to remain hospitalised at least until tomorrow.
Berlusconi`s legal team has submitted petitions to courts in both cases requesting hearings be delayed because of the medical condition. Judges granted the petition in the sensational sex-for-hire case yesterday.
The court in the tax fraud appeal dispatched a court-appointed physician today to verify the condition.
Verdicts in both trials are due in the coming weeks, a politically sensitive time as Italy seeks to negotiate a stable government following inconclusive elections.