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Italian authorities have accused Silvio Berlusconi of paying more than €10m (£7m) to buy the silence of 21 girls who testified in the so-called “Bunga Bunga” trial.
The former prime minister was cleared of having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing power to cover up the scandal at the end of a lengthy trial in March 2015. Milan prosecutors now say the trial was distorted by lavish bribes the defendant paid to numerous witnesses.
Detectives say at least €7m was paid to Karima el-Mahroug, aka Ruby Rubacuori (“Ruby Heartbreaker)” to deny in court she had sexual intercourse with the media tycoon when she was 17.
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