Lawyers for Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi have reportedly asked to delay the start of his trial for allegedly paying for sex with an underage teenager so they can better prepare his defense.
The Italian news agency ANSA quotes one of his lawyers as saying they have formally asked court officials to put off the April 6 start of trial in Milan because prosecutors recently deposited some 20,000 pages of documents with the court as part of their case.
Berlusconi denies ever having paid for sex, and his lawyers say he wants to defend himself in court.
Lawyers' offices and courts were closed on Thursday, an Italian national holiday. The lawyer quoted by ANSA, Piero Longo, didn't answer his cell phone.