Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Prosecutor says 'no doubt' Ruby was prostitute

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Milan, May 13 - Milan Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini
told the trial into allegations ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
paid for sex with an underage prostitute on Monday there was no
doubt that the woman at the centre of the case sold her body.
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 and of
allegedly abusing his power in a bid to cover up the affair.
"We have no doubt that Ruby prostituted herself,"
Boccassini said.
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 underaged 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.
Berlusconi said he intervened because he genuinely believed
at the time that El Mahrough was a relative of former Egyptian
president Hosni Mubarak, as she had told him.
Prosecutors have produced phone records allegedly proving
El Mahrough stayed at Berlusconi's villa several times in
April-May 2010, when she was 17.
Prostitutes can work legally in Italy from 18 on.
Prosecutors say Berlusconi had sex with 33 other alleged
prostitutes at his villa over the course of several evenings.
The ex-premier describes the young women, mostly aspiring
starlets, as friends who have been maligned.
Berlusconi, who says his parties were innocent and
"elegant" affairs, has quipped "33 women in two months is too
many even for someone who likes pretty girls, like me".
He claims to be the victim of biased prosecutors who have
allegedly been conducting a witch-hunt against him since he
entered politics in 1994.

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