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Berlusconi 'convinced Ruby was adult, niece of of Mubarak'

Ex-premier makes appeal case against seven-year sentence

14 January, 15:14
Berlusconi 'convinced Ruby was adult, niece of of Mubarak' (see previous) (ANSA) - Milan, January 14 - An appeal request made public Tuesday argues that ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi was among "many" people "convinced that (Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug) was an adult" and not an underage prostitute. Berlusconi's lawyers also insisted that the three-time premier was under the false impression that Ruby was the niece of fallen Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, as he told police when she was under arrest for theft and later released.

In June, Berlusconi was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison for paying Ruby for sex and abusing his office in a lie to cover it up.

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