A MODEL who died after testifying at Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex parties trial may have been poisoned after high levels of metals used in nuclear reactors were found in her blood. Tests showed the amount of cadmium found in Imane Fadil's body was seven times greater than normal, according to Italian prosecutor Francesco Greco. Swallowing even small amounts of cadmium, which is used in batteries and nuclear reactors, can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, joint pains and even organ failure. Officials also fear the Moroccan model may have been exposed to radioactive substances, but are not ruling out that she died from a rare disease. Fadil, 34, testified in court against former Italian PM Berlusconi, who was accused of paying underage girls to perform erotic acts. She was admitted to hospital a month ago — telling her lawyer and brother she feared she had been poisoned.
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MILAN AP — Silvio Berlusconi's private disco featured not only aspiring showgirls performing striptease acts as sexy nuns and nurses, but one woman dressed up as President Barack Obama and a prominent Milan prosecutor whom the billionaire media mogul has accused of persecuting him, according to the first public sworn testimony by the Moroccan woman at the center of the scandal. Karima el-Mahroug's testimony Friday at the trial of three former Berlusconi aides accused with procuring her and other women for prostitution confirms a sexually charged atmosphere at the "bunga bunga" parties of the then-sitting premier. The trial is separate from the one in which Berlusconi is charged with paying for sex with a minor — el-Mahroug when she was 17 — and trying to cover it up. She said she later received 30, euros cash from the then-premier paid through an intermediary — money that she told Berlusconi she wanted to use to open a beautician salon despite having no formal training. She said she told acquaintances and even her father that she was going to receive such a large sum "as a boast," but that it was a lie to make her seem more important. The three Berlusconi aides — Emilio Fede, an executive in Berlusconi's media empire; Nicole Minetti, a former dental hygienist, showgirl and local politician, and talent agent Dario "Lele" Mora — are accused of recruiting women for prostitution at the parties and abetting prostitution, including of a minor.
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Fadil gave evidence in the trial of Mr Berlusconi, who was accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Mr Berlusconi was initially convicted of paying for sex with a year-old girl and faced seven years in prison, but he was acquitted in after a judge ruled he could not have known the prostitute was underage. Magistrates have subsequently laid new charges against Mr Berlusconi and other defendants, accusing them of bribing women who attended the parties to prevent them telling the truth at the initial trial. According to Italian media, Fadil had been writing a book about her experiences at the time of her death.
Moroccan model Imane Fadil, who testified against the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi during his "bunga bunga" trial, has died. Italian authorities have opened an investigation into her mysterious death after she was admitted to hospital in Milan with "severe stomach pains" in February. Speaking about her death, Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco said: "The doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which can explain the death.