Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Crowds wait for Berlusconi verdict outside Milan court


Milan, June 24 - A crowd of protesters,
journalists and onlookers gathered in front of the Milan
courthouse on Monday while a panel of judges convened to decide
on a verdict in a trial into allegations ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage prostitute and abused
his power to try to cover up the affair.
Dozens of TV crews, photographers and reporters from around
the world began gathering in the early hours at the entrance to
the courthouse.
Arguments also broke out between Berlusconi supporters and
protesters against the ex-premier.
Two women carrying signs reading "Thank you Ilda
Boccassini", the prosecutor leading the case against Berlusconi,
and "We are tired of being blackmailed by a repeat offender who
refuses to resign," verbally clashed with passersby who returned
fire saying that the former premier was a victim being pushed
out of politics.
"Berlusconi made a mistake, but he can't be condemned for
these things...this is being done to eliminate him from Italian
politics," the onlookers shouted.
Prosecutors have requested the media magnate be handed a
six-year prison term.
Both Berlusconi and the Moroccan dancer he is accused of
paying for sex before she was 18, Karima El Mahroug, known as
Ruby Heart-stealer, have both denied ever having sex.
Berlusconi has repeatedly charged that judges who have
ruled against him are part of a leftist plot to oust him from
the political arena.

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