Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Prosecution says Ruby lied at trial for financial gain

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Milan, May 13 - The exotic dancer at the centre of
a sex scandal involving ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi lied about
her role to gain a financial fortune, a prosecutor said Monday.
Karima El Mahroug, a young Moroccan former nightclub dancer
who went by the stage name 'Ruby Heartstealer', lied when she
denied having sexual relations with Berlusconi, Milan prosecutor
Ilda Boccassini told the court.
El Mahroug knew that if she lied to protect Berlusconi, she
stood to gain "millions of euros" from the politician, said
Boccassini.
Berlusconi stands accused of paying for sex with Ruby
before she was 18, the legal age of prostitution in Italy, and
of allegedly abusing his power in a bid to cover up the affair.
El Mahroug and Berlusconi have both said they never had sex
during several of the ex-premier's so-called Bunga Bunga parties
while she was underage.
Berlusconi faces jail time not only on the charges of
having sex with a minor, but also for allegedly abusing his
position as premier to spring Ruby from a Milan police station
in May 2010, supposedly to avoid a diplomatic incident with
Egypt.
According to the prosecutor, it was in Berlusconi's "best
interests" to get Ruby out of jail at that time, to try to
ensure their sexual relationship remained secret.

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