Silvio Berlusconi 'pimps' convicted

2013-07-19 18:19
Silvio Berlusconi

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Milan - A Milan court has convicted 3 ex-aides of Silvio Berlusconi of procuring prostitutes for his parties.

The billionaire is mired in a series of legal woes which political experts warn could have wider repercussions on Italy's fragile grand coalition government, which relies on the support of the media magnate's centre-right party.

President Giorgio Napolitano made an explicit reference to Berlusconi's troubles on Thursday when he called for responsibility from all sides to ensure political stability in the eurozone's third largest economy.

In June, Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in jail for paying for sex with an under-age prostitute and abusing his power to hide the liaison. Punishment was suspended to allow for a lengthy appeals process, but the case has come back to haunt him less than a month later.

Prosecutors have called for seven-year prison sentences for failed show business agent Lele Mora, showgirl-turned-politician Nicole Minetti and television network host Emilio Fede for recruiting call girls to attend raunchy parties in Berlusconi's Milan villa.

Among the girls allegedly recruited by the three was the underage prostitute in question: Moroccan-born Karima El-Mahroug, the then 17-year-old nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer" with whom Berlusconi was found guilty of sleeping.

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