The 74-year-old Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, doesn’t seem to be letting his legal woes get him down, joking last Friday to two young blondes that he’d like to invite them to his famed “bunga bunga” parties !. Berlusconi that was in a particularly ebullient mood on Friday, told the crowd that he had some 2,000 jokes at his disposal for just about any occasion. In the recent days, Berlusconi has said that he really believed “Ruby” was the granddaughter of Mubarak, and that he set her up in business so she could get out of s-e-x work . But this was not one of his 2,000 jokes ! In fact, the Italian prime minister said on Monday he gave 45,000 to Karima el Mahroug, a belly dancer who uses the name Ruby, to help her launch a beauty centre, so that she could escape a life of prostitution. “The girl told a very painful and moving story ! I gave the girl money so she would avoid prostituting herself !” Berlusconi said. Asked about the cash gifts, Berlusconi said he funded the pricey hair-removal equipment to allow Ruby (Mahroug) to join a friend in setting up a beauty center. “I gave her the possibility of starting a beauty center with a friend by buying laser-treatment equipment for hair removal that I believe cost 45,000” Berlusconi said, adding that the money had the aim of “keeping her from prostitution, of pointing her in a different direction !” Berlusconi is on trial for using an underage prostitute because prosecutors believe he had s-e-x with Mahroug in 2010 when she was 17, a year younger than the legal age for prostitution in Italy. He is also accused of coercing police into freeing Mahroug when she was arrested last year on suspicion of theft. Berlusconi repeated his claim that he had mistakenly believed Mahroug could be the granddaughter of former Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak.
Apart from the prostitution and TV rights fraud trial, Berlusconi is on trial for bribing British lawyer David Mills. In addition, Fabio de Pasquale called for Berlusconi to be put on trial for tax fraud and embezzlement. De Pasquale said he had evidence to show the media tycoon-turned-conservative politician conspired with 11 others, including his son Pier Silvio, to evade millions of euros in tax between the end of the 1980s and 2008. He said shareholders in Berlusconi’s Mediaset television empire were embezzled until at least 2006. But he told the judge: “As far as I know it could still be going on.” Prosecutors have also requested he face trial in a second TV fraud case. Berlusconi has said he is innocent of all charges. Asked on Monday if he could be convicted, he replied “No way -you must be dreaming.” In fact, Berlusconi is on trial in three cases, and risks arraignment in a fourth. In the Mills trial he is accused of paying $600,000 (£370,000) to his formal legal adviser for withholding court testimony that might otherwise have led to his conviction.
The charges revolve around “bunga bunga” sessions involving dozens of dancers, beauty queens and alleged prostitutes at his villa outside Milan. The Berlusconi camp freely admits that his weekend dinner guests were drawn from a circle that included “about 100” young women !! One of two young beauty queens, said they were “literally terrorised” on a visit to Berlusconi’s mansion. They said they had been taken there by Emilio Fede, a newsreader on one of the prime minister’s television channels who is under investigation for aiding and abetting prostitution. After describing how other guests stripped as they danced for the prime minister, Chiara Danese, then aged 18, said: “Berlusconi and Fede encouraged the girls to get involved in the game. They said: ‘Go on, take off your clothes strip dance’.” She added: “All we wanted to do was get out of there, but we didn’t know how to.” Eventually, she and Ambra Battilana, also then 18, went to see Fede. Danese reported him as replying: “If you want to leave, fine. But don’t think you’ll become weather girls or Miss Italy!! ” Mr. Bunga Bunga thinks that Italy is the ancient Rome, and he is the new Caesar. His new Harems in European cities, remind us of 1001 nights’ stories. Mr. Bunga Bunga is really the current Don Corleone of Italy, and he shows us that the Italian Mafia is really alive and very active in Italy.