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Milan, Italy (2/15/11) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power, Judge Cristina di Censo ruled on Tuesday. Three female judges will preside over the criminal trial in Milan, slated to begin on April 6. Berlusconi denies the charges, and his lawyers have argued that the Milan courts neither have the authority to try a prime minister nor jurisdiction over the case because of where the alleged crimes were committed. Milan chief prosecutor Edmundo Bruti Liberati requested the fast-track trial on charges that Berlusconi paid for sex with nightclub dancer Karima El Mahrough, who was 17 at the time of the alleged activity, and later intervened with the police after she was arrested on an unrelated charge.