'Ruby the heart stealer' to face trial over Berlusconi court evidence

A judge has indicted the Moroccan woman at the centre of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi's alleged sex-for-hire scandal on charges of giving false evidence.

The judge set January 11 as the opening date for the trial of Karima el-Mahroug - whose stage name was Ruby the Heartstealer - and 22 others.

They are accused of accepting bribes and lying on the stand to protect Mr Berlusconi in his trial on charges of having paid for sex with el-Mahroug when she was an underage teenager and he premier, and then using his influence to cover it up.

Mr Berlusconi was acquitted in the case on appeal.

He also faces possible indictment but his case was separated from the others due to health issues.

A judge is to decide in December whether Mr Berlusconi will stand trial.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Elysee candidate Francois Fillon faces new probe over 'fake jobs'

White House bars critical media outlets saying it felt 'everyone was represented'

Intelligence report disputes threat posed by travel ban nations

Someone planted Trump-branded Russian flags at the Conservative Political Action Conference


Today's Stories

test

Lifestyle

Ask Audrey: “I want him to tie me to the bed and pretend to be Donald Trump.”

Our day, our way: Tearing up the wedding rule book

Take control of your fertility with natural family planning

Beauty trends you’ll be bursting to try this spring

More From The Irish Examiner