Prosecutors Call for Berlusconi Sex Trial
Judge asked to grant fast-track trial
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 5:08 AM CST
Updated Feb 9, 2011 7:32 AM CST
A demonstrator wears a mock mask of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, dressed as a pink rabbit with handcuffs during a protest outside Berlusconi's private residence.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

(Newser) – Italian prosecutors have filed a request for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for alleged abuse of power and sex with an underage prostitute. Authorities are seeking an immediate trial. A judge now has five days to decide whether to indict the 74-year-old leader or dismiss the request, allowing investigations to continue, the AP reports.

Prosecutors allege that Berlusconi paid for sex with nightclub dancer Karima El Mahrough—nicknamed Ruby Heartstealer—and then used his influence to have the 17-year-old girl released from prison after she was arrested for theft. Berlusconi's party claims that when he had the girl released from prison, he believed she was the niece of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, and was attempting to avoid a diplomatic crisis.

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Feb 9, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Liberals are always quick to use the government legal system to target their political enemies. Pffffft. Berlusconi has defeated those limp-wristed libs in his country for 40 years. He will not be indicted. Go find another, less able target to pick on. Berlusconi will only win each time he is challenged.
Feb 9, 2011 7:07 AM CST
They'er just upset because he didn't invite them to the party, leave the man alone...
Feb 9, 2011 6:13 AM CST
Don't point that finger at me dirty old man.... No telling where it's been lately