Berlusconi to face trial on sex and abuse of power charges
By the CNN Wire Staff
February 15, 2011 -- Updated 1044 GMT (1844 HKT)
The criminal trial will begin April 6, a judge rules
Italy's prime minister denies the charges
Milan, Italy (CNN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power, an Italian judge ruled Tuesday.
The trial is due to begin April 6, Judge Cristina di Censo decided, her office confirmed.
Three judges will preside over the criminal trial in Milan.
Prosecutors in Milan filed the request for trial last week.
Berlusconi denies the charges.