Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018

Ruby says Berlusconi 'always' gave her envelopes of cash


Milan, May 13 - Silvio Berlusconi "always" gave her
envelopes stuffed with large amounts of cash, Karima El Mahroug,
a young Moroccan former nightclub dancer who went by the stage
name Ruby, said Friday during the trial of three people accused
of pimping for the ex-premier.
El Mahroug, testifying at the trials of Emilio Fede, Lele
Mora and Nicole Minetti, said that when she first visited
Berlusconi's villa in February 2010, he gave her an envelope
with between two thousand and three thousand euros.
"I was always given an envelope full of money," often in
500-euro bank notes, she testified.
The alleged pimps are retired TV anchorman and close
Berlusconi friend Fede, bankrupt ex-talent scout Mora and
Minetti, an ex-Lombardy regional councillor and the ex-premier's
former dental hygienist.
The trio are charged with the alleged procurement of
prostitutes, including Ruby, who was one year below the legal
age for prostitution at the time of the alleged sex parties
hosted by Berlusconi in 2010.
In the main trial, which is heading for a verdict at the
end of this month, a prosecutor has asked for six years in jail
and a life ban from public office for the ex-premier.
El Mahroug and Berlusconi deny having sex and she says the
4.5 million euros she got from him was a gift.
El Mahroug also testified that during that first party at
Berlusconi's home, she also told the "story" that she was the
daughter of a Brazilian singer and an Egyptian, and that she was
also a "relative" of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak.
Berlusconi stands accused of allegedly abusing his power in
a bid to have El Mahroug released from jail by arguing that that
was necessary to avoid an international incident with Egypt.

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