Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Berlusconi lawyer calls for acquittal in sex trial

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Milan, June 3 - Silvio Berlusconi's defence team on
Monday asked a Milan court to clear the ex-premier of charges he
paid for sex with an underage prostitute and abused his office
to try to cover up the affair.
Prosecutors have requested Berlusconi be sentenced to six
years in jail for allegedly having sex with a former dancer
known as 'Ruby' before she was 18 and allegedly abusing his
position to spring her from a police station after she had been
detained on an unrelated theft claim in 2010 when he was
premier.
Defence laywer Niccolo' Ghedini, who is also a lawmaker for
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, said the three-time
premier should be acquitted because the alleged crime "does not
exist".
"The acts of a public official do not have to be considered
a crime," Ghedini said referring to Berlusconi's intervention to
remove Ruby from detention the night of May 27-28, 2010 to avoid
an international incident because he was under the false
impression that she was a relative of Egypt's then president
Hosni Mubarak.
"They can be (simply) human actions".

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