Berlusconi refuses court-ordered check-up
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says he will no longer appear in court in person for the trial about his "bunga bunga parties" with young women.
His decision was prompted by an order from the Milan court that Berlusconi should have his physical and mental fitness examined - which the leader of the Forza Italia party has vehemently rejected.
The court had wanted an expert opinion by November 5 but due to Berlusconi's refusal, this is now invalid, the Italian news agency ANSA wrote, citing a letter Berlusconi sent to the court.
The politician, who turns 85 at the end of the month, complains that such an opinion offended his honour and constituted a "clear prejudgement".
The court had ordered Berlusconi's examinations on Wednesday.
It must now decide how and when to continue the trial.
Court hearing dates have already been rescheduled several times due to Berlusconi's health.
The former premier caught COVID-19 a year ago and has since been grappling with the virus' long-term effects.
He has repeatedly been admitted to Milan's San Raffaele Hospital for tests.
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