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article imageItalian Prime Minister Berlusconi indicted for sex with minor

By Leo Reyes     Feb 15, 2011 in Politics
Italian Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi has been indicted for allegedly having paid a 17-year old Moroccan girl for sex but the 74-year old billionaire politician denied the charges and accused the prosecutors of seeking to oust him from power.
The Italian Prime Minister is being linked to a 17-year old night club dancer identified as "Ruby the heart stealer" who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged sexual encounter.
Berlusconi is likewise being charged for improperly using his power as prime minister by requesting that police release the young Moroccan after she had been arrested for alleged theft in May.
Using the services of prostitutes is not a crime in Italy, but paying for sex with a girl under the age of 18 is illegal. Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex, let alone with Ruby, who only turned 18 in November 2010.
Judge Cristina Di Censo handed down the indictment with a terse statement. The trial will be heard by a panel of three judges, all of them women. The decision means Di Censo believes there is sufficient evidence to subject Berlusconi to an immediate trial, as had been requested by prosecutors. The speeded-up procedure skips the preliminary hearing stage and is ordered in cases of overwhelming evidence, abc news reports.
It is not the first time that the premier has been mired in a sex scandal. But he now faces three years in prison if found guilty of paying minors for sex, and from six to twelve years for abuse of power.
The Italian Prime Minister has been involved in several court cases in the past ranging from bribery, false testimony, tax fraud, corruption, among others.
The lady judge fixed the date for the first hearing in a fast-track trial for April 6 at 0830 GMT.
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