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Prosecutor probed for 'aiding' Berlusconi in sex-party case

Laudati suspected of trying to block investigations

Prosecutor probed for 'aiding' Berlusconi in sex-party case

(ANSA) - Bari, September 25 - Bari chief prosecutor Antonio Laudati has been put under investigation for allegedly trying to thwart a probe into alleged sex parties at former premier Silvio Berlusconi's homes, magistrates in Lecce said on Tuesday. Laudati is being probed for alleged abuse of power for allegedly trying to block and 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. Another prosecutor who has served in Bari, Giuseppe Scelsi, is also being probed for alleged abuse of power. Berlusconi is being probed over suspicions he bribed Tarantini to lie to magistrates about the women he took to the parties. The case is related to an ongoing trial concerning allegations Berlusconi paid to have sex with an underage prostitute, Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, at his Arcore villa outside Milan and abused his power to try to cover the affair up. Tarantini is suspected of providing at least 30 women for the former prime minister in a bid to exchange sex for public contracts. photo: Antonio Laudati.

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