Italian magistrates said on Friday they had opened an investigation into possible murder after the mysterious death of a Moroccan model who was a regular guest at former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties.
Imane Fadil, 34, died March 1 at a Milan-area hospital, where she had been treated since January 29 for exhibiting "symptoms of poisoning", Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
She was one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic bunga-bunga parties.More news: Accused New Zealand mosque shooter makes first court appearance
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.
Berlusconi was initially convicted in the case but ultimately acquitted after a judge ruled he could not have known the underage prostitute was in fact a minor. "It's always very sad when someone as young as this dies", he said.
Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco told Reuters news agency there were "several anomalies" in Ms Fadil's medical records. "I never knew this person and I never spoke to them".More news: New Zealand digs graves as mosque massacre toll rises to 50
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.
Ms Fidal testified in court against Berlusconi - who is accused of bribing models, actresses and escorts to lie about the sex parties often hosted at his home.
"The doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which can explain the death", he said.More news: Oil prices rise to multi-month highs
Berlusconi admitted that young women attended his soirees, but said the parties were nothing more than "burlesque contests".
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