Berlusconi sex trial verdict due after February vote

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures before the taping of the talk show "Telecamere" at Rai television in RomeMILAN (Reuters) – Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi will not face a verdict in a trial where he is charged with paying for sex with a juvenile prostitute until after elections next month, according to a decision by judges that could help his political comeback. A new timetable of hearings set by Milan judges on Monday shows the last session in the trial will be held on March 11, well after the February 24-25 elections. The decision will be welcomed by Berlusconi, who had feared a verdict in the middle of his campaign for a fifth term in office. …

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