Italy opens murder probe into bunga bunga witness death

Italy opens murder probe into bunga bunga witness death

A murder probe has begun in Italy into the death of Moroccan-born model Imane Fadil (pictured), who testified against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2012.

The 33-year-old died on March 1 in a Milan hospital, a month after being admitted suffering from stomach pains and claiming that she had been poisoned.

The Italian media is reporting that she may have been targeted with a radioactive substance.

Fadil was a key witness against the media tycoon turned populist, who was accused of paying for sex with a child prostitute.

In 2012 Berlusconi stood trial on allegations of paying for sex with a minor and using his status to cover it up. The so-called bunga bunga orgiastic parties at Berlusconi’s villa in Arcore, north of Milan, attracted global media attention. The court heard how Berlusconi and other men would cavort with far younger women.

In October 2010, Berlusconi called a police station asking for the release of 17-year-old Karima “Ruby” El Mahroug, who was being held for theft and was said to have attended his infamous “bunga bunga” parties.

The 82-year-old was convicted but later acquitted on appeal. He was, however, convicted of tax fraud and ordered to complete community service.

Of Fadil’s death, Berlusconi at the weekend said: “It’s always a pity when a young person dies. I never met this person, never talked to her. What I read of her statements made me think that everything was invented, absurd.”

Fadil was reportedly taken into hospital two weeks after beginning negotiations with lawyers for a Berlusconi co-defendant about a possible settlement deal.

The four-time prime minister still faces several charges, including bribery, which he denies.

Fadil told the media in 2012 that she feared for her safety after telling prosecutors she was offered money in exchange for her silence about the bunga bunga parties.

Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco said there were “several anomalies” in Fadil’s medical records.

“The doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which can explain the death,” Greco told the media.

Italy’s Corriere della Sera reported that samples sent to a laboratory suggested a mix of radioactive substances, including cobalt, although this has not been officially confirmed.

Berlusconi has always said he was “no saint” but denied claims he paid for sex. “I never understood where the satisfaction is when you’re missing the pleasure of conquest,” he said.

 

Imane Fadil. Picture credit: YouTube

 

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