Prosecutors try to indict three Berlusconi aides
Friday 06 May 2011
Milan prosecutors asked a judge to indict three aides of Premier Silvio Berlusconi on charges they recruited a girl and several women for prostitution.
Berlusconi's case was separated from that of the aides. The premier went on trial last month in Milan on charges of paying for sex with an underage Moroccan teenager and nightclub dancer and using his influence to cover it up.
The three aides are Emilio Fede, a top TV executive in Berlusconi's media empire; Nicole Minetti, a former showgirl and now a local politician, and Dario "Lele" Mora, a talent scout and agent. All three deny wrongdoing. Berlusconi also denies wrongdoing.
Milan prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati told The Associated Press by telephone that he expects a judge to set a date for a hearing on his request for trial in a few weeks, possibly before the start of the court's summer vacation.
The three are accused of recruiting women for prostitution and abetting prostitution, the prosecutor said. The three are also accused of recruiting and abetting prostitution of a minor.
They are accused of criminal activity beginning in 2009 and continuing through January, Bruti Liberati said.
It is not illegal to be a prostitute in Italy. Acts that abet prostituion, such as setting up encounters for the prostitute or providing a locale for paid sex, is. Paying for sex with an adult prostitute isn't a crime, but paying for sex with a minor is.
Prosecutors formally closed the investigation against the three aides in March, filing a document in which they alleged that Berlusconi paid for sex with the Moroccan girl 13 times at his villa near Milan. In the document, they also alleged that sex-fueled parties began with dinner, progressed to erotic dancing involving the premier, and culminated with his choosing a sex partner or partners.
Berlusconi has publicly denied ever paying for sex. His wife, who is divorcing him, has cited his alleged dalliances with young women.
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Bali Nine executions in Indonesia: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says she 'just wants to get it over with'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Account Payable Assistant - SW Londo...
£14560 - £17680 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Even though their premises have...
£44000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Marketing company based in cent...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Installation / Commission...