16 Feb '11, 12am

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will stand trial over allegations that he paid an underage girl for sex

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will stand trial over allegations that he paid an underage girl for sex

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered to stand trial on charges that include paying an underaged girl for sex. -- PHOTO: REUTERS ROME - ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will go on trial in April over allegations that he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex and used his status to spring her from police custody, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Cristina Di Censo scheduled the first hearing for April 6, in a move that brings long-running allegations about the 74-year-old premier's scandalous private life to a head and severely dents his hold on power. Following the announcement, the prime minister's camp reiterated its claims that Mr Berlusconi was the victim of a witch hunt by his political opponents. 'We didn't expect anything else,' his lawyers said. Mr Berlusconi, whose bedroom antics sparked a nationwide protest by Italian women on the weekend, will be t...

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