Berlusconi investigated for complicity in prostitution
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated by prosecutors.
January 14th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

Berlusconi investigated for complicity in prostitution

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a teen-ager.

The dancer, identified as Karima El Mahrough and nicknamed Ruby, was 17 at the time of the alleged activity, from February till May.

The Milan prosecutor said Berlusconi is being probed for complicity in prostitution and abuse of power.

Milan prosecutors started the investigation of this case in December after the premier called police and urged the teen's release from prison. She had been arrested in May on charges of theft.

Prosecutors have summoned Berlusconi to answer questions in the probe.

They also sent police to search the home of Nicole Minetti, a member of his party and a Lombardy regional council member.

Berlusconi allegedly asked Minetti to serve as Ruby's tutor so the girl would be able to leave prison.

Minetti is under investigation for allegedly favoring and aiding juvenile prostitution, prosecutors said. The teen is now 18 and is considered an adult.

The premier has always denied having any involvement with any prostitutes or helping prostitution or having wild parties at this house.

This development emerges a day after Italy's Constitutional Court struck down key parts of a law that would protect Berlusconi from prosecution.

The law was designed to halt criminal proceedings against top government officials for 18 months on the grounds that they are too busy to appear in court.

But Italy's top court ruled that 18 months is too long, and it said that judges, not politicians, should be the ones to determine if a defendant is free to appear in court.

The law will automatically be modified to conform with the ruling when the Constitutional Court publishes its verdict.

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  1. gabriella

    Berluccini is a disgrace to leaderhood.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      How true that rings,gabriella! Thank you.

      January 15, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jessie

    Dude is almost, or is seventy! Whether or not she was 18 or 17, he is still old enough to be her grandfather. That should get your gag reflex going. Disgusting!

    January 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. drap

    prosecutor probes Berlusconi?

    January 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    I expect this creep Berlusconi to buy his way out of this,too! In Italy,if one has enough money they can do anything. This Berlusconi puts no checks on his carnal desires nor does he value anything, and worst of all,he'll do anything NATO tells him to do,including sending troops to Afghanistan at their behest to kill people who don't deserve to die!

    January 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giovanni

      ...And it should be said that in Italy everybody actually notices and cares when an Italian soldier dies there, unlike the NATO senior parter who wants everybody to basically ignore the death toll. But gettining back to Silvo-buffo, should a fool like that actually be allowed to represent a country which seeks legitimacy in the European Union? Putin wants to help Silvio and send Russian soldiers to clean up the garbage in Napoli. Huh?

      January 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      Why would Vladimir Putin want to do anything for Silvio Berlusconi? It makes no sense and what would Russia get out of cleaning up Naples? Italy definately needs a new Primier and that's that!

      January 15, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Giovanni

    ITALIANS!! Rise up–wake up!! L'Italia s'e desta!!Are you going to let this silly bugger represent your nation one more single day? I mean, you are the heart and soul of western civilization but have this givonne in the world's eye as emblematic of Italia! Look across at what the Tunisians just did; are you going to be outdone by them?? Get that parasite Berlusconi out of your government, for God's sake-stop being a crude joke for American and English TV...or a burden for Angela Merkel....

    January 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steroidi anabolizzanti

    Sono sempre indagando online per consigli che mi può beneficiare. Grazie

    December 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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