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Lawyers turning up heat on Silvio Berlusconi

Italian magistrates yesterday sought to access private financial accounts of Premier Silvio Berlusconi to investigate whether he paid for sex with an under-age prostitute.

A 300-page judicial report posted on the parliamentary website claimed that “a significant number of young women prostituted themselves at his residence for financial payments”.

Mr Berlusconi is suspected by prosecutors of abusing his office in attempting to cover up the act. He has denied both charges, which if proven, carry jail terms.

In a TV appearance on Sunday, the billionaire media mogul denied that he had ever paid to have sex. His wife Veronica walked out on him 20 months ago, saying she couldn’t stay with a man who “consorted with minors”.

Moroccan belly dancer Karima ‘Ruby’ El Mahroug, is the woman at the centre of the claims of under-age prostitution, together with nine other young women.

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