Berlusconi on trial for child prostitution

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A Milan court ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi today to stand trial on April 6 on charges that he paid a minor for sex and abused his power in a bid to cover it up: here.

Three ‘to be tried’ for procuring prostitutes for Italy’s Prime Minister: here.

Silvio Berlusconi film trailer prompts gagging row: here.

Silvio Berlusconi in court over alleged tax fraud: here.

7 thoughts on “Berlusconi on trial for child prostitution

  1. Berlusconi in dock for tax fraud case

    ITALY: Premier Silvio Berlusconi was back in the dock today for alleged tax fraud.

    It is the first of several court cases against the Prime Minsiter to have resumed after Italy’s constitutional court watered down an immunity bill that had shielded the billionaire premier.

    Prosecutors say Mr Berlusconi’s Mediaset media empire purchased TV rights for US films through two offshore companies and falsely declared the costs to reduce the tax bill.

    The Italian PM faces a separate trial on March 11 on charges of bribing his former lawyer David Mills to give false evidence on his behalf.


  2. Probe opened into ‘bid to change Ruby’s birth certificate’

    Berlusconi lawyer filed suit after newspaper report

    14 March, 15:13

    (ANSA) – Milan, March 14 – Rome prosecutors on Monday opened a probe into a reported bid by unidentified Italians to change the birth certificate of a teen Moroccan belly dancer Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi allegedly paid for sex.

    The investigation was opened after leftwing daily Il Fatto Quotidiano last week reported that on February 7, two “emissaries” visited the small town where Karima el Mahroug aka Ruby was born to try to bribe a local registrar to move back her date of birth by two years.

    That would have meant she was not 17, but 19, when prosecutors claim she had sex with the premier, between February and May of last year. Paying for sex with prostitutes is a crime in Italy only if they are under 18.

    Berlusconi and Ruby deny having sex and she says money she received from him was a gift.

    The possibility that Ruby might be older than first thought was first raised by pro-Berlusconi newspapers.

    On February 8 Il Giornale, a daily owned by Berlusconi’s brother, reported that the premier’s defence team was set to make a request to Morocco for her original birth certificate.


  3. ’33 girls in Berlusconi sex case’

    ‘Ruby 16 when affair began,’ court papers say

    15 March, 18:16

    ANSA) – Milan, March 15 – Milan prosecutors said Tuesday that 33 young women were involved in a just-closed probe into alleged prostitution at parties held by Premier Silvio Berlusconi between the start of 2009 and January 2011.

    According to court papers filed Tuesday, 32 of them were adults but one, Karima El Mahroug, a Moroccan belly dancer known as Ruby, was under age.

    Ruby was allegedly first paid for sex when she was 16 in September 2009, five months earlier than the previously thought date of February 2010, according to papers released after the closure of a probe into three people for aiding and abetting prostitution.

    The three are Berlusconi’s former dental hygienist, ex-showgirl and now Lombardy regional councillor Nicole Minetti; a veteran news anchor at one of Berlusconi’s TV channels and close personal friend of the premier’s, Emilio Fede; and a showbiz talent scout and self-styled ‘VIP impresario’, Lele Mora.

    They are suspected of procuring young women for the premier’s parties.

    Fede first met Ruby at a beauty contest at Taormina, Sicily, in September 2009, the papers said.

    The start of Ruby’s alleged prostitution dates from then, according to the papers.

    The closure of the probe Tuesday means that indictments are in the offing, judicial sources said. Berlusconi’s position is separate from the three because prosecutors asked for a fast-track trial for him, which opens in Milan on April 6.

    Berlusconi denies the charges of allegedly paying for sex with Ruby when she was underage and alleged abuse of power to get her out of police custody after an unrelated theft allegation.

    Paying for prostitutes is not illegal in Italy but paying minors for sex is and carries a jail term of up to three years.

    Abuse of power spells a possible jail term of 12 years.

    The premier, who says he is the victim of allegedly left-leaning prosecutors, has vowed to defend himself by attending hearings on one day a week, Monday.


  4. Berlusconi trial opens in Milan

    ITALY: The trial of Premier Silvio Berlusconi, on charges of paying for sex with a minor and trying to use his influence to cover his tracks, was adjourned immediately after it opened in Milan today.

    Mr Berlusconi did not attend the hearing, which lasted seven minutes and was devoted to formalities before being adjourned to May 31.

    The premier was holding a ministerial meeting in Rome to discuss the war in Libya.

    He has denied wrongdoing.


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