Court orders check on hospitalised Berlusconi

Defence team present three certificates at sex trial

Court orders check on hospitalised Berlusconi

Milan, March 11 - A Milan court on Monday ordered medical inspectors to check on Silvio Berlusconi's condition after the hospitalised ex-premier failed to attend a hearing of a trail into allegations he paid to have sex with an underage prostitute. The court ordered a similar check following a request from prosecutors on Friday, when the trial was adjourned after the 76-year-old media magnate was taken into Milan's San Raffaele hospital with uveitis, an irritation and swelling of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. Berlusconi's defence team on Monday presented three different medical certificates as they made a petition for "legitimate impediment" for him to skip Monday's hearing, including one that said he risked heart complications. The court rejected "legitimate impediment" petitions from Berlusconi's lawyers, Niccolo Ghedini and Piero Longo. Ghedini and Longo are lawmakers for Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party and they said they could not take part in Monday's hearing on the grounds that they have to attend a meeting with party Secretary Angelino Alfano.

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