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Ruby received as much as 4.5 million euros, prosecution says

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Milan, May 13 - Evidence suggests that ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi likely paid more than 4.5 million euros to the
young exotic dancer at the centre of a sex scandal, the
prosecution said Monday.
Wire taps that intercepted telephone calls, notes and bank
withdrawals by Berlusconi all support the conclusion that he
paid off Karima El Mahroug, a young Moroccan nightclub dancer
who went by the stage name 'Ruby Heartstealer', prosecutor Ilda
Boccassini told the court.
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.
But Ruby lied for financial gain, said Boccassini, noting
that Berlusconi's bank withdrawals between October and December
2010 were enough to "cover abundantly" the 4.5-million-euro
figure mentioned in phone calls and notes involving Ruby.
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 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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