Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Ruby mubarak niece claim result of 'confusion', witness says

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(ANSA) – Milan, October 5 – Silvio Berlusconi thought that
the alleged prostitute at the centre of a sex case against him
was the niece of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as the
result of a misunderstanding, the ex-premier's former councillor
for international relations, Valentino Valentini, told a Milan
court on Friday.
Berlusconi is on trial for reportedly paying for sex with
Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, a Moroccan-born belly dancer, when she
was underage and for allegedly coercing police into releasing
her after an unrelated theft claim to hush up the fact.
On that occasion he used the claim that she was Mubarak's
niece as a lever to help secure her release.
It later emerged that there was no connection between the
two.
Valentini said to the court that during an official lunch
in Rome on May 19, 2010, Berlusconi told Mubarak that he had met
an Egyptian girl called Ruby belonging to a family known to the
Egyptian president.
This led to "a somewhat confused conversation, an unordered
discussion" as to whether or not the Ruby in question was a
famous Egyptian singer and concerning the level of Mubarak's
"familiarity" with the girl.
Valentini also told the court that it had been his idea to
intervene with the police on Ruby's behalf.
He added that a few days later Berlusconi came back to the
matter, saying "that girl told me a load of rubbish".

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