On the basis of the court rules, journalists will be allowed into the courtroom only on the day when the verdict is announced.
77-year-old Berlusconi did not attend the process because he performs community services in an old people’s home near Milan every Friday as a penalty in another case about financial fraud in his company Mediaset.
According to the newspaper, Deputy Prosecutor General of Milan Piero De Petris is to speak in the courtroom on 11 July. Berlusconi’s defence will be heard on 15 July. The court is expected to be able to pass a sentence on the former prime minister or expedite the case for further review, as Berlusconi’s lawyers insist, on 18 July, informs RIA -Novosti.
On 24 June 2013, the Milan court of primary jurisdiction sentenced the Italian ex-prime minister to seven years in prison on the “Ruby case”. Under the court decision, Berlusconi cannot hold public offices for life. As reported by the public prosecution office, Berlusconi had a sexual relationship with Karima El Mahroug at his villa in Arcore near Milan between February and May 2010. At that time Ruby who received money and gifts from Berlusconi was under the age of 18. In addition, other 32 girls were also engaged in prostitution during the prime minister’s notorious parties.