Rome: Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi could attend a hearing on Friday in his trial for having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing the powers of his office, his law office said.
"It is up to him," a member of Berlusconi's defence team said on condition of anonymity, adding: "If he does come, it would be to make a statement".
Defendants in Italy have the right to make a statement to the court at any point during their trials, which is not the same as their cross-examination.
News agency quoted his lawyers as saying that Berlusconi would be present but said that he may simply attend the hearing without speaking.
The trial, which began in April 2011, is expected to last several months.
Berlusconi is accused of having sex with Moroccan-born exotic dancer Karima El-Mahroug, better known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer", when she was 17.
He is also charged with abusing his position as prime minister by pressuring police to release her when she was arrested for petty theft in May 2010.


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