5:07PM BST 06 Apr 2011
The hearing was a bitter disappointment for the media crews who had converged on Milan from as far as Russia and Australia, and for his critics in Italy who were eagerly awaiting the spectacle of the prime minister being grilled by the three formidable women judges presiding over the trial.
Mr Berlusconi was holding a ministerial meeting in Rome and was not present to answer the charges against him – that on 13 occasions last year he paid for sex with an allegedly under age prostitute and then committed an abuse of office by ordering police to release her from custody when she was arrested for stealing.
He denies any wrongdoing and the Moroccan-born teenager, Karima El Mahroug, also known by the stage name Ruby the Heart Stealer, insists she never slept with him.
At the time of the alleged offences she was 17 – a year beneath the legal age of prostitution under Italian law.
She was just one of dozens of young models, showgirls and aspiring actresses who reportedly entertained the prime minister with strip teases and pole dances at his residence outside Milan, in return for cash, jewellery and help with their careers.
The trial was adjourned until May 31, to give the judges enough time to consider a request by a women’s organisation, Arcidonna, to be admitted as a civil party to the case on the basis that Mr Berlusconi’s behaviour has “offended the dignity” of all Italian women.
Paola Boccardi, Miss El Mahroug’s lawyer, said her client would not apply to become a civil complainant in the trial, a move that would have allowed her to seek financial damages from Mr Berlusconi if he is found guilty.
“Karima does not believe herself to have suffered any damage from having been present at Arcore, or having visited the premier,” she said.
The trial is expected to take months, if not years, because of the grindingly slow pace at which the Italian court system works and the sheer volume of material to be scrutinised.
Prosecutors have filed 20,000 pages of evidence and have requested that 132 people be called as witnesses.
Mr Berlusconi’s lawyers have presented a witness list of 78 people, including the actor George Clooney, whom Miss El Mahroug claims was at one of the prime minister’s dinners – an account the Hollywood star denies.
Rival groups of protesters hurled insults at each other outside the court building, which was ringed by paramilitary police equipped with riot shields and helmets.
“It’s all false and it is an outrage that the investigators have spent millions of euros wiretapping the phones of the prime minister and his friends,” said Mariagrazia Piracci, 53, who sells advertising space. “He is absolutely innocent.”
But anti-Berlusconi demonstrators carried banners claiming that Mr Berlusconi’s wealth and power had put democracy at risk.
On the eve of the hearing, Mr Berlusconi was able to secure the approval, through his coalition’s parliamentary majority, of a motion that challenges the Milan court’s jurisdiction and argues that the case should instead be heard by a special tribunal of ministers.
The approval of the motion will not stop the trial going ahead for the time being but is due to be considered by Italy’s Constitutional Court, which will decide in coming weeks whether to transfer the trial to the tribunal in Rome, which deals with offences committed by MPs.
Silvio Berlusconi was born on September 29th, 1936 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvio_Berlusconi
September 29th, 1936
9 + 29 +2+0+1+0 = 41 = his personal year (from September 29th, 2010 to September 28th, 2011) = Significant age difference between yourself and the person you are involved with.
41 year + 4 (April) = 45 = his personal month (from May 29th, 2011 to June 28th, 2011) = Secrets. Mysteries. Investigation. Probing.
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into a suspected attempt to falsify the birth records of the teenager at the centre of the underage sex scandal engulfing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Judicial sources said the investigation had been opened against unknown individuals who were alleged to have tried to bribe a Moroccan official to change the birth records of Karima El Mahroug, better known under her stage name Ruby.
Berlusconi has been charged with paying for sex with El Mahroug last year when she was under the legal age limit of 18, and with abusing the powers of his office by intervening with police in a bid to cover up his connection with her.
His trial is scheduled to begin on April 6.
Berlusconi has denied having sex with El Mahroug, who has admitted receiving 7,000 euros (6,000 pounds) from the premier. He has said he merely wanted to help someone in difficulty.
According to the left-wing daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, two Italian men approached a registry official in the Moroccan town of Fkih Ben Salah last month and offered her thousands of euros to change records showing El Mahroug was born on November 1, 1992.
Prostitution is not illegal in Italy, but it is an offence to pay for sex with someone under the age of 18.
As well as denying he had ever had sex with El Mahroug, Berlusconi has also denied ever paying for sex with anyone.
Karima El Mahroug was born on November 1st, 1992 according to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karima-el-Mahroug/179288852110618
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the month of birth and the first three letters of the name.
Karima El Mahroug November 1st, 1992
11 (November) + 11 (K is the 11th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (a is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 18 (r is the 18th letter of the alphabet) = 41
So from ages zero to twenty seven she has the number 41 going on.
41 = Significant difference in age between yourself and the person you’re involved with.
41 rules her ages zero to twenty-seven. It is Silvio Berlusconi’s 41 personal year. When the number 41 comes up, that’s when they get to live/experience what they are here to live/experience. She is significantly younger than him, and he is significantly older than her (41).