Police stop man from reaching Berlusconi's room

This video image made available by RAI TG3 shows Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi after an attacker hurled a statuette at Berlusconi striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally in Milan, Italy on Sunday Dec. 13, 2009 leaving the 73-year-old media mogul with a bloodied mouth and looking stunned. (AP Photo/RAI TG3 via APTN)

December 16, 2009 6:08:10 AM PST
Authorities say police are questioning a young man with mental problems who managed to reach the hospital floor where Premier Silvio Berlusconi is recovering from an attack. Milan anti-terrorism police official said the man "wanted to pay a visit on the premier at 2 a.m" Wednesday. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because he didn't have advance authorization to talk with a reporter.

Police were questioning the 26-year-old Turin man at Milan police headquarters but planned to release him. The police official said the man apparently is a supporter of the premier.

Berlusconi, 73, was struck in the face Sunday as he signed autographs in Milan. The attack broke his nose and two teeth and cut his lips. The attacker has been detained.


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