Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi says he suffered 'monstrous' defamation by courts

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Rome, January 2 - Silvio Berlusconi says he has
suffered "monstrous" defamation and character attacks by a Milan
court that is hearing charges against the former premier of
hiring an underage prostitute.
"It has been a monstrous defamation operation mounted by
the Milan court," to justify a major investigation, Berlusconi
told TV station Sky TG24 on Wednesday.
"It has has gone beyond the limits of the possible".
Berlusconi is on trial for allegedly having sex with an
underage prostitute nicknamed Ruby during his third stint as
premier, and using his position to allegedly try to hush it up.
He insisted during the television interview that Ruby,
whose real name is Karima El Mahroug, told him that she was a
relative of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Berlusconi has said he interceded with police when Ruby was
arrested for shoplifting because he was trying to avoid a
diplomatic incident.
"I've never said it was an invention of the newspapers, she
(Ruby) told me that she was a daughter of a family close to
president Mubarak".
In this case, as in several previous trials, Berlusconi has
denied any wrongdoing, claiming he is the victim of a minority
group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors and judges who he says
are persecuting him for political reasons.
Berlusconi has been tried some 30 times but has only been
convicted three times, as previous verdicts were either timed
out or overturned on appeal.

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