Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Prosecution says witnesses forced to lie for Berlusconi

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Milan, May 13 - Some witnesses "were forced to lie"
during criminal proceedings against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
on sex charges, a prosecutor alleged Monday.
The statement by prosecutor Ilda Boccassini infuriated
Berlusconi defence lawyer Piero Longo, who interrupted the
prosecution.
Boccassini said that evidence given by showgirl Miriam
Loddo and by a former Berlusconi adviser on foreign relations
Valentino Valentini were not true.
Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with Karima El
Mahroug, a young Moroccan former nightclub dancer who went by
the stage name 'Ruby Heartstealer', before she was 18, the legal
age of prostitution in Italy.
He is also accused 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.
As well as facing three years in jail for sex with an
alleged under-aged prostitute, Berlusconi could be sentenced to
a further 12 years for abusing his position as premier to spring
Ruby from a Milan police station, supposedly to avoid a
diplomatic incident with Egypt.
Valentini has previously testified that Berlusconi honestly
thought that Ruby was the niece of former Egyptian president
Hosni Mubarak, and that it was Valentini's idea to intervene
with police to avoid an international incident.

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