Solo un día después de que el Tribunal Constitucional limitase el escudo judicial de Silvio Berlusconi, la Fiscalía de Milán anunció que ha abierto una investigación contra el primer ministro italiano, de 74 años, al que imputa los delitos de prostitución infantil agravada y abuso de poder.
The Italian prime minister is under investigation on suspicion of paying for sex with a teenage nightclub dancer and abuse of office by intervening with police when she was detained.
The probe centres on 74-year-old Mr Berlusconi's relationship with a belly dancer called Karima el Mahroug, then 17, who was a guest at a party he hosted at his home last year. The extortion accusation centres on the pressure he put on Milan police to release the exotic dancer - nicknamed Ruby Rubacuori (Ruby The Heartstealer) - after she'd been arrested on suspicion of theft. Mr Berlusconi joked that Boccassini and her colleagues were just 'jealous' not to have been invited to the parties at his mansion outside Milan. [...] In an interview Miss El Mahroug said that at the party she had been given a diamond necklace, €7,000 and an Audi by Mr Berlusconi who said he 'felt sorry' for her as she told him her life story at the party at his home in Arcore near Milan. Miss El Mahroug said:'I left before midnight. I told him all my problems. He got very upset and he gave me €7,000 and a Damiani necklace. 'He was like a father, I swear. Silvio welcomed me with open arms, he invited me into his house. He was so sweet.' Daily mail
Rome, correspondant - Silvio Berlusconi est redevenu un justiciable (presque) comme les autres après le rejet partiel par la Cour constitutionnelle, jeudi 13 janvier, de la loi dite d'empêchement légitime qui devait le tenir éloigné des tribunaux jusqu'au 31 septembre 2011. Conséquence : les deux procès dans lesquels il est poursuivi à Milan (affaires Mediaset et Mills) vont reprendre. Reste à savoir si le "Cavaliere" prendra place dans le box des accusés. Le Monde
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is being probed over claims he paid a 17-year-old girl nicknamed Ruby Heartstealer for sex. Berlusconi, 74, has been formally placed under investigation and will also be quizzed over allegations he abused his power by asking police to mount a cover-up. The allegations centre on busty Moroccan belly dancer Karima El Mahroug, now 18, who uses the "Heartstealer" stage name. She told investigators she attended a party at Berlusconi's villa near Milan last year where guests were said to have played a sex game called "bunga bunga". Mahroug has since denied having sex with Berlusconi, but admitted he gave her cash, a diamond necklace and car. The Sun
"I deduced that they're just jealous and are teasing me for not having been invited as well." He said he had been placed under investigation more than 100 times, been on trial in 28 cases, paid euro300 million ($400 million) in legal and other fees - and never once been convicted. "I can't wait to defend myself in court against such absurd accusations," he said. "But I don't think a continued war between politicians and some magistrates is in the country's interests, and for that reason the majority wanted the (immunity) law." He said the "grotesque and ridiculous" attempts by magistrates to go after him showed the need to urgently "prevent some magistrates from violating the privacy of citizens and compromising their liberty with impunity." Berlusconi's attorneys, Nicolo Ghedini and Piero Longo, said probe represented a "very serious interference in the prime minister's private life that has no precedent in the country's judicial history." They called the case media-driven, and said the allegations "have already been refuted by all witnesses and people directly involved." charlotteobserver.com