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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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Italian Prime Minister Ordered to Stand Trial for Sex Allegations

Photo Courtesy - Governo [dot] it(MILAN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered by a judge Tuesday to stand trial in connection to accusations he paid for sex with a minor and then used his office to cover it up.

Judge Cristina Di Censo handed down the the indictment and set a trial date for April 6 in Milan.

Prosecuters allege the 74-year-old prime minister 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.  Both Berlusconi and the girl deny they had sex.

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Berlusconi Calls Prosecutors a 'Disgusting Disgrace'

Photo Courtesy - Governo.It(ROME) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has lashed out at prosecutors who say the 74-year-old could face a court on charges he had sex with an underage prostitute.
Berlusconi has referred to the prosecutors as “subversive" and a "disgusting disgrace," saying they are tearing apart Italy's international standing.

The prosecutors presented the findings of their investigation into Berlusconi to a judge in Milan, who has a week to decide whether the evidence in sufficient to bring him to trial.

Berlusconi has denied charges that he paid for sex with Karima El Mahroug, an underage Moroccan nightclub dancer.

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