MILAN: The judges deliberated for four hours before delivering their decision on Monday. They also decided that they didn t need to hear testimony from the Moroccan woman at the center of the case, Karima el-Mahroug.
El-Mahroug had appeared in court on Monday after having failed to show on two previous dates.
Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby, when she was 17, and then trying to cover it up. Both deny sexual contact.