Italy opens probe into death of Moroccan model

Lester Mason
March 17, 2019

Italian media say she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance.

Speaking at a political meeting in the southern Basilicata, Mr Berlusconi said he was "sorry when a young person dies".

She was a key witness against Mr Berlusconi, who was accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco told Reuters news agency there were "several anomalies" in Ms Fadil's medical records.

During one hearing, Fadil recounted coming to a party at Berlusconi's villa near Milan for the first time, where she saw strippers dressed in nun costumes and soccer jerseys performing for the prime minister.

Mr Berlusconi has always maintained he is "no saint" but firmly rejects claims he has ever paid for sex with a woman, saying: "I never understood where the satisfaction is when you're missing the pleasure of conquest". Berlusconi was initially found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison, but the charges against him were dropped after an appeals court ruled that even if he did have sexual relations with the teenager, he did not know that she was under 18.

Fadil was never accused of taking bribes.

"The doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which can explain the death", he said.

According to Italy's Corriere della Sera daily, the hospital had run a battery of tests to determine the cause of her failing health, but finding nothing, had sent off samples to a specialised laboratory in the northern town of Pavia.

The results suggested the presence of a mix of radioactive substances, including cobalt.

Fadil had said she feared for her safety after telling prosecutors she was offered money in exchange for her silence about what went on at the parties.

In 2013 he was convicted of paying for sex with an under-age guest, dancer Karima el-Mahroug, also Moroccan-born, in 2010.

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