Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Women Judges to Hear Berlusconi Sex Case

An all-female panel of judges will preside over the trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power. Berlusconi, 74, denies the charges.

 (Photo Caption: Ruby)
Prosecutors say Berlusconi paid for sex with teenage Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug, also know as Ruby.

Now, the most interesting bit is that, prosecutors say that ‘fondling her and not having intercourse’ would still be a crime as she was under 18, the age of consent to act as a prostitute.

In a separate case involving the same prostitute, Berlusconi is accused of abusing his power by calling a Milan police station where Ruby was being held, accused of theft, and demanded that she be released.

Berlusconi said she the girl was the granddaughter of Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt.

If the trial goes ahead, three women judges will hear his case! 

Ruby, now 18, has denied sleeping with the prime minister but has said she received 9,400 US dollars from him as a gift after one of his parties.

(Photo Caption: Ruby) 

The trial will start in Milan at 0930 on 6 April 2011.

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