Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday put forward plans to reform his country’s justice system just days after being charged with having sex with an underage prostitute.
Proposals if approved by the cabinet would re-instate parliamentary immunity for the 74-year-old, along with all other members of parliament.
Earlier this week, a court ruled Berlusconi should stand trial from April 6 on charges of having sex with a 17 year-old prostitute known as Ruby.
Both deny any sexual relationship.
Sex with a prostitute is not illegal in Italy but those found guilty of having sex with one under the age of 18 can be punished with a jail term.
Amid calls from the opposition for him to quit, Berlusconi’s colourful private life has also come under fire from the Catholic Church.
But the billionaire premier put on a brave face at the Vatican on Friday.
He met some of those bishops who have attacked his behaviour in an event marking the 82nd anniversary of a treaty that governs relations between the Holy See and Italy.