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Ruby to testify in Berlusconi trial

Clooney and Ronaldo on 'stand by' as witnesses

Ruby to testify in Berlusconi trial

(see previous) Milan, November 12 - Defense lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday that Karima 'Ruby' El Mahroug, the underage Moroccan runaway and nightclub dancer the ex-premier is accused of paying for sex with, will be called to testify in his defense. Berlusconi is also being tried for alleged abuse of power, regarding a telephone call he made to a police station in May 2010 to ask about Mahroug, detained over a theft accusation and who he said was a relative of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Mahroug will be called to the Milan courtroom on December 10 or 17. In October, Mahroug told Italian television that she would testify willingly. "I'm the lightning rod of this trial and they should call on me. I can't wait, and when they do, I'll go". Both Ruby and Berlusconi deny having sex. The charge of having sex with an underage prostitute carries a jail term of up to three years, and abuse of office 12 years. Actor George Clooney and Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo are on "stand by" and may be called to testify after Ruby.

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