Silvio Berlusconi in hospital for eye treatment

Friday 08 March 2013 11.54
Silvio Berlusconi faces charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute
Silvio Berlusconi faces charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is in hospital receiving treatment for an eye problem, legal sources have said.

The 76-year-old billionaire had to cancel an appearance at a rally last month ahead of Italy's inconclusive elections and a subsequent television interview because of the eye problem.

His lawyers have said the problem constitutes a legitimate impediment to his appearance in court.

It could potentially delay a trial this month in which he faces charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

A hearing is expected today with the verdict expected on 18 March.