World News Reuters Thursday January 23, Milan prosecutors have opened a new investigation against Silvio Berlusconi over accusations he corrupted witnesses in a trial in which he was convicted of paying for sex with a minor. Key witness in Berlusconi sex trial, set to testify on Monday.
Silvio Berlusconi has been formally placed under investigation on suspicion of paying for sex with a year old girl, according to a statement issued today by prosecutors in Milan. He was further accused of abusing his position as Italy's prime minister by bringing pressure to bear on the police to cover up his alleged relationship with the girl, who was working as a prostitute. The two alleged offences carry sentences totalling 15 years in jail.
Teenage nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug of Morocco poses during a photocall at the Karma disco in Milan in this November 14, file photo. Paying for sex with a prostitute under age 18 is an offence in Italy. They are also examining whether he intervened improperly with police to secure her release after she was held for theft.
Silvio Berlusconi contacted a teenage belly dancer at the centre of his sex trial 53 times in three months, it has been claimed. According to leaked prosecution papers, the year-old Italian leader and Karima El Mahroug, known as Ruby the Heart Stealer, exchanged text messages and calls between February and May of During that period, it is alleged the year-old was paid to have sex with him — when the legal age for prostitution in Italy is Riot police ringed the court building in Milan for the hearing with opponents of Mr Berlusconi on one side of the street and supporters on the other.
But in Italy, "the culture of support for women is nonexistent," says an Italian screenwriter. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves a Catholic hospice in Cesano Boscone on May 9,after serving his first day of community service for tax fraud. But in many cases, corruption and cronyism followed.
The former prime minister will not have to serve any jail time before he has exhausted an appeals process that could take years, but the conviction angered members of his centre-right party who questioned whether he should continue to support the coalition. The year-old media tycoon expressed outrage at the verdict which he said was politically motivated. The panel of three women judges also convicted him of abuse of office by arranging to have El Mahroug released from police custody when she was held in a separate theft case.
After years of accusations, the hard-to-embarass Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may finally be embroiled in a sex scandal so provocative, he can't simply smile his way out of it. After surviving one sex scandal last year, for which his wife called him "shameless" and filed for divorce, Berlusconi now stands accused by a year-old prostitute of organizing a ritual Libyan orgy called a "bunga bunga" that included 20 naked women at his villa in Milan. Ruby, now 18, described bunga bunga as a kind of orgy that she claims Berlusconi learned about from Libyan dictator Muammar Kaddafi.
A Milan judge yesterday ordered the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to stand trial in April on charges of paying for sex with an underage Moroccan girl and abusing his office to cover up their relationship. The indictment takes Mr Berlusconi's long-running battle with the Italian justice system into dark new territory, with the investigating justice, Cristina Di Censo, declaring a fast-track trial was permissible because there was "clear evidence of abuse of office and sex with a minor". Usually in such cases lengthy committal proceedings would take place first. There was no immediate comment from Mr Berlusconi, but the premier has consistently denied any wrong-doing and claims he is the victim of a "witch-hunt" against him by left-wing magistrates.
Rome CNN -- A teenager that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi helped get released from prison, triggering allegations he abused his power, had sex with the premier, the girl's former roommate said in transcripts printed in court documents. Earlier this week, Berlusconi denied ever having paid for sex with anyone, and also denied having sex with the teenager El Mahrough, nicknamed Ruby. She has also denied having sex with him.
The former premier said he never had sex with an underage Moroccan teenager, never paid for sex with any guest at his villa near Milan and denied that so-called "bunga-bunga" parties that he held were in any way sexual. Berlusconi's declaration was spontaneous, a practice that Italy allows defendants and which does not have the weight of testimony. His lawyers have indicated that Berlusconi does not intend to testify.