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Berlusconi 'linked to second girl'

A second under-age girl allegedly took part in parties at a villa owned by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, receiving jewels and other gifts in exchange, prosecutors have said.

A parliamentary committee examined 200 further pages of documents drawn up by prosecutors investigating Mr Berlusconi on suspicion he paid for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl.

The documents include references to another minor, a Brazilian, according to Italian news agency LaPresse and other news reports.

The revelations that another minor might have been at some of Mr Berlusconi's parties widens the probe and potentially adds to the 74-year-old leader's woes.

Mr Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex and called the allegations against him "outrageous".

Milan prosecutors sent the additional documentation from their investigation to the parliamentary committee to back up their request to search some of Mr Berlusconi's properties.

The prosecutors had already provided almost 400 pages of documents and alleged evidence against Mr Berlusconi last week.

Mr Berlusconi is a member of the lower house of parliament. The house's members enjoy parliamentary immunity from arrest or searches in criminal probes, unless the committee decides otherwise on a case-by-case basis.

The new documents reportedly include wiretaps of conversations between the young women who attended Mr Berlusconi's parties, alleged evidence of payments to them and reports from police searches conducted earlier this month at some of the women's homes.

The most potentially dangerous revelations involve the Brazilian woman. The documents list necklaces, bracelets, pendants and other jewels she allegedly received "in exchange for her repeated participation at parties at Berlusconi's villas", according to excerpts of the documents cited by LaPresse.

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