'Bunga bunga' model Imane Fadil's death investigated

Moroccan model Imane Fadil testified at a Milan court in 2012 about her experiences at Silvio Berlusconi's hedonistic bunga-bunga partiesMore

Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said an investigation had been opened following the death on March 1 of Moroccan-born Imane Fadil at one of the city's hospitals. "But I never met this young woman and never spoke to her", he added. "What I read were her declarations that made me always think these were always invented and absurd things". Fadil said she had attended eight of these "prostitution parties", also known as "bunga bunga" parties, with some of women said to have engaged in sexual relations with Berlusconi.

Mr Berlusconi - who has served as prime minister in four governments - is still facing a number of charges, including bribing.

Before her death, the model told both her brother and her lawyer that she had been poisoned and magistrates said that she possessed symptoms seen in poisoning victims.

"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.

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

In 2012, Fadil had told reporters that she feared for her safety after telling prosecutors investigating possible witness tampering in the case that she was offered money in exchange for her silence about what went on at the parties.

Mr Berlusconi's reputation was tarnished by allegations about the parties at his private villa.

In October 2010, it emerged that Mr Berlusconi had called a police station asking for the release of a 17-year-old girl, Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug.

Berlusconi admitted that young women attended his soirees, but said the parties were nothing more than "burlesque contests".

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