Berlusconi's lawyers seek to move trials

2013-03-15 20:01

Milan - Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers have filed motions to change the jurisdiction of two trials nearing verdicts in Milan.

Berlusconi's lawyers claim the Milan courts are biased against the former premier and sought on Friday to move the trials to Brescia, also in the Lombardy region.

Berlusconi's defence has been at loggerheads with the Milan courts as they have petitioned to delay hearings due to Berlusconi's hospitalisation for an eye inflammation.

Both courts have demanded exams by court-appointed doctors, enraging members of Berlusconi's party who allege judges are trying to sideline him politically.

Italy's magistrates association has denied the allegations, which it says undermine the judges' independence.

Milan courts are hearing Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial and appeal on a tax fraud conviction.

Berlusconi is expected to be released from the hospital later on Friday.