Judge rejects Berlusconi immediate trial request
Senator alleged bribery case to follow ordinary procedures19 March, 14:36
The prosecution will now have to follow ordinary trial procedures, announcing the end of preliminary investigations and requesting a formal indictment.
Berlusconi is accused of paying De Gregorio three million euros to defect from the centre left to his centre right formation during Romano Prodi's 2006-2008 government.
The Prodi government fell in 2008 after losing the support of the Senate, leading to new elections that Berlusconi won.