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Ruby to protest 'not being heard' in front of Milan court

'Doesn't understand' why she was not called

Ruby to protest 'not being heard' in front of Milan court

Genoa, April 3 - The young Moroccan woman known as 'Ruby' at the centre of a sex scandal that has put Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi on trial said on Wednesday that she will stage a protest in front of the Milan court where hearings have been taking place to make her voice heard. Karima El Mahroug, who will arrive in front of the courthouse Thursday at 10:30 am, told ANSA that she wants "to protest not being heard during hearings" that carry her name. "I don't understand the reason and I intend to say so publicly," El Mahroug said. The former nightclub dancer and alleged prostitute accused of having sex with Berlusconi failed to show up to testify when called in December. Her lawyer told presiding judges that her client was vacationing abroad with her partner and child and would be available to testify in January. In January, El Mahroug appeared in the Milan court, but in a surprise move judges upheld a request by the defence to not demand her testimony. Instead the judges agreed to rely on statements El Mahroug made to investigators in the case. In March, judges in Milan suspended Berlusconi's trial until April 22 while the supreme Cassation Court considers a ruling on a motion to move the case to a court in Brescia on alleged grounds of biased judges. Both Berlusconi and El Mahroug have denied having sex during one of the ex-premier's so-called Bunga Bunga parties while she was underage.

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