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Berlusconi defense asks to move trial

March 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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MILAN, Italy, March 15 (UPI) -- Lawyers representing former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have requested their client's Milan trials to be moved to the city of Brescia.

The defense lawyers alleged bias by the magistrates in Milan, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

Should the claim of "legitimate suspicion" of bias be upheld, the trial will be moved to the closest major city -- Brescia, ANSA said.

Berlusconi is on trial for allegedly having sex with an underage Moroccan prostitute named Ruby. He is also appealing a conviction on tax fraud charges related to film rights involving his Mediaset media group.

Members of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party Monday staged a protest in the Milan courthouse, saying persecution of the former prime minister has been stepped up since the Italian general election in late February.

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