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Berlusconi calls for judicial reform; new immunity law
Rome, Feb 19 (IANS):
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 10:56 PM IST
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Italy’s beleaguered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, facing trial for having sex with a teenaged prostitute, has called for an overhaul in the judicial system and said political leaders should be free from prosecution.
Arguing that he has been targeted by the “socialist judges” for political motives, the prime minister said the judiciary should be reformed and the immunity law - similar to the one rejected by the constitutional court last month - should be established and extended to members of parliament, Xinhua reported.
The argument came after a Milan court Tuesday ordered a fast-track trial to look into the charges against Berlusconi. The hearing is scheduled to begin April 6. Italy’s constitutional court in January abolished a controversial immunity law that protected Berlusconi and a handful of other government officials from prosecution.
The move paved the way for Milan prosecutors to file charges against the 74-year-old leader Feb 9 over his alleged relationship with Moroccan-born cabaret dancer Karima el Mahrough, popularly known by her stage name “Ruby”. It is alleged that Berlusconi had sex with El Mahrough, when she was 17 and also used his influence to help her after she was arrested for theft in May last year.
Berlusconi’s critics termed his Friday’s argument as an attempt to get support from members of the legislative body. As of November last year, around two dozen members of the 630-member lower house of the parliament had been indicted for felonies at some point in their career.
According to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, at least another 10 members were facing some kind of criminal or serious civil investigation.
‘Guests were naked at Berlusconi’s parties’
A teenage belly dancer at the center of Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal has claimed that guests were naked at the Italian Prime Minister’s infamous bunga bunga parties.
Moroccan born Karima El Mahroug was only 17 when Berlusconi paid her for sex and gave cash and jewellery in return, after atten ding one of his parties, it has been claimed, reports the Daily Mail.
The recently leaked statements have revealed that she told investigators, ‘’’Everyone was naked at the bunga bunga parties and when I was in the police station Silvio was scared.’’
Mahroug also told prosecutors she was convinced Berlusconi had sex with lingerie model Noemi Letizia, who was first linked to Berlusconi in 2009 when it emerged he had attended her 18th birthday party. In her statement she said, ‘’’’I have never been to the primer minister Berlusconi’’s Rome residence but I have been to Villa San Martino (his home at Arcore near Milan) that’s where I met Noemi who was known as the apple of papi’s (Berlusconi) eye.
“Noemi asked me how old I was and I said 24, she joked with me and said she was Silvio’s preferred one. From other girls who were at the party I discovered that there was an intimate relationship of a sexual nature between them.”
Mahroug also said bunga bunga is a phrase that has gripped Italy and the rest of the world since it first emerged late last year.
“That evening Berlusconi told me that bunga bunga was a harem and that he had copied the idea from his friend Gaddafi and it involved women getting undressed and then letting him have bodily pleasure.
“During bunga bunga all the girls were naked and I got the sensation they were all trying to play themselves up with sexual acts so they would be noticed by Berlusconi,” she said.

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