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15 Dec, 2009 08:43

Berlusconi is bleeding: Italian PM remains in hospital

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will remain in hospital at least until Wednesday, as doctors say his condition is worse than they thought, after being attacked at a political rally in Milan.

Italian Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was attacked following a political rally in Milan on Sunday. 73-year-old Berlusconi was signing autographs when he was assaulted on Sunday.

He was hit in the face from the crowd by a small but blunt model of the Milan Cathedral. The attacker, Massimo Tartaglia, was arrested at the scene. He is a 42-year-old Milanese who has been treated by a psychiatrist for 10 years. He has been charged with aggravated assault.

Berlusconi suffered blood-loss, a broken nose, two broken teeth and a cut lip. He was immediately taken to Milan's San Rafaelle hospital.

Massimo Tartaglia has apologized for what he described as his "cowardly and inconsiderate act."