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Wednesday
Apr062011

Sex Trial of Italian Prime Minister Adjourned Minutes After Start

Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- The trial of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister accused of paying for sex with a minor, got underway in Milan Wednesday but was quickly adjourned to next month.

Berlusconi was not present at Wednesday's hearing, which lasted all but seven minutes.  The prime minister was instead in Rome, holding a meeting to discuss the situation over in Libya.

The trial will now kick off on May 31.

Prosecutors allege Berlusconi, 74, paid for sex with a then-17-year-old Moroccan girl known as Ruby and that he used the power of his office to try to cover it up.  The prime minister denies the allegations.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, new wiretaps leaked to the media suggesting that Berlusconi knew Ruby was not of adult age.

In a phone conversation, Berlusconi reportedly said: "Okay, what is important is that there are various people who can vouch for the fact that [Ruby] gave an age different to her real one.  Once that happens, there'll be nothing more to say.  We just helped her because we took pity on her.  Let's hope that it doesn't turn into a mess."

Ruby, whose real name is Karima El Mahroug, told a friend she was only 16 when she went to these parties.  She turned 18 last November.

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Thursday
Feb172011

Pakistan Court Adjourns Raymond Davis' Immunity Case

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The decision on whether Raymond Davis, the U.S. government official accused of killing two Pakistani men in Lahore last month, will receive diplomatic immunity will have to wait another three weeks.

Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik, representing Pakistan's government, asked Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry for the extension Thursday in order to prepare their case on whether Davis qualifies for immunity.  Chaudhry granted the extra time, saying the case is premature until the government can establish Davis' status.

The case is now adjourned until March 14.

At Thursday's hearing, a number of lawyers argued that the name Raymond Allen Davis is an alias and that his passport has been issued under a false name.  They prayed before the court that, therefore, his picture should be placed on record and that Davis should be placed on the Exit Control List, which prohibits him from leaving the country.

The lawyers asked why an espionage case had not been registered against Davis, and also prayed for additional cases to be filed, including a case against Davis for illegally entering Pakistan.

They also argued that former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who recently met with Sen. John Kerry, should also be summoned to the court.  Qureshi had stated that Davis does not enjoy immunity and is willing to appear before the court in this regard.
 
One of the emotionally charged lawyers argued that Davis has access to alcohol, a cell phone, a television and other things of pleasure, and said these commodities should be stopped immediately and that Davis should be treated like an ordinary prisoner.

Davis is now in a judicial lock up in Lahore.  He has been placed on the Exit Control List, the judge confirmed.

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