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Berlusconi lawyer: premier to appear when possible

 Prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale  arrives at a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Milan court, Italy, Monday, Marc...
 Supporters of Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi shout slogan prior to a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Mil...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer Nicolo' Ghedini, right, and Freedom Party coordinator Mario Mantovani  arrive at a hearing in the corrupti...
 President of jury Francesca Vitale, arrives at a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Milan court, Italy, Monday...

Italy Berlusconi Trial

Prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale arrives at a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Milan court, Italy, Monday, Marc...

Italy Berlusconi Trial

Supporters of Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi shout slogan prior to a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Mil...

Italy Berlusconi Trial

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer Nicolo' Ghedini, right, and Freedom Party coordinator Mario Mantovani arrive at a hearing in the corrupti...

Italy Berlusconi Trial

President of jury Francesca Vitale, arrives at a hearing in the corruption trial against Premier Silvio Berlusconi, at the Milan court, Italy, Monday...

Silvio Berlusconi's lawyer said Monday that the premier will appear at his trials when possible, but he is giving precedence to his official duties.
The premier has stated publicly he wants to defend himself in person, but skipped a hearing at his judicial corruption trial Monday due to a Cabinet meeting on Libya.
Lawyer Niccolo Ghedini told reporters that the premier planned to attend the various trials to hear testimony, and would appear "within the possible limits."
"It is obvious that Premier Berlusconi has given priority to his public role, as opposed to his legitimate right as a private citizen to defend himself," Ghedini said.
In Monday's trial, an expert for the prosecution traced the origins of $600,000 Berlusconi is alleged to have paid a British lawyer, David Mills, to lie in another case involving the premier's business dealings.
Ghedini said the numbers presented had demonstrated Berlusconi's innocence.
A dozen Berlusconi supporters, all wearing light blue ribbons and including a senator in his party, gathered at the courtroom to show their support for the premier. They applauded and yelled "Bravo" as Ghedini exited the chamber for a break in the proceedings.
"We came here to support our premier," said one, who would identify herself only as Marisa. "We are free citizens."
The trial is one of four cases active in Milan, three of which are related to Berlusconi's business dealings. The premier has constantly denied any wrongdoing.
The 74-year-old premier's underage prostitution trial for allegedly paying a0 Moroccan teen for sex starts next month.


Updated : 2021-03-08 00:50 GMT+08:00