Italy's Berlusconi In Hospital For Eye Problem-Sources

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

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

The 76-year-old media billionaire had to cancel his appearance at a final rally ahead of Italy's inconclusive elections in February 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, which could potentially delay a trial this month in which he faces charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

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