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Prosecutor indicted for abuse of office in Berlusconi case

Allegedly slowed investigations in escorts for ex-premier

25 February, 16:12
Prosecutor indicted for abuse of office in Berlusconi case (ANSA) - Lecce, February 25 - Bari chief prosecutor Antonio Laudati was indicted Tuesday for allegedly abusing his office to try to thwart probes into alleged sex parties at the home of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Laudati had been under investigation for alleged abuse of power after he reportedly tried to hamper investigations into Bari businessman Giampaolo Tarantini, who is suspected of having supplied prostitutes to parties at the media magnate's homes.

He is also suspected of "aiding and abetting" Berlusconi by trying to prevent investigations into the ex-premier.

The case is connected with a lengthy investigation and court case that saw the three-time former premier convicted last year of buying sex from an underage prostitute, Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, at his Arcore villa outside Milan and of abusing his powerful office to try to cover the affair up.

Berlusconi is appealing that conviction.

Tarantini is suspected of providing at least 30 women for the former premier in a bid to exchange sex for public contracts.