A verdict in Silvio Berlusconi’s own sex-related trial is due soon. In a parallel case Italian prosecutors have asked for seven-year jail sentences for three of his alleged accomplices.
Emilio Fede, a former TV news anchor in Berlusconi’s Mediaset empire, ex dental hygienist Nicole Minetti and showbiz agent Lele Mora are accused of helping create a “system of prostitution” for his benefit.
They face charges of procuring Karima El Mahroug, a former nightclub dancer, for paid sex with the former prime minister when she was under 18 years old. All three deny the charges.
El Mahroug, alias “Ruby”, also denies ever being a prostitute or having sex with Berlusconi, but has said she attended parties at his house near Milan and receiving thousands of euros.
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