Italian court to rule on Berlusconi immunity law

January 11, 2011 07:53

ROME— Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi awaits a politically-charged decision by a top Italian court this week on whether a law that shields him from prosecution complies with the constitution.

The premier is a defendant in two trials in Milan accusing him of corruption and tax fraud. Both proceedings have been suspended thanks to the legislation, but will resume if the law is overturned by the Constitutional Court.Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing.

The 15-judge court holds an open hearing Tuesday during which the parties will lay out their cases. A decision is not expected until Thursday.

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