London, May 26: Silvio Berlusconi’s accountant has revealed, during a court hearing, that he was ordered to bring an amazing 16million pounds in cash to the former Italian Prime Minister’s luxury villa to pay girls who attended his infamous bunga bunga parties.
Giuseppe Spinelli made the revelation about the eye-watering sum during two hours of questioning as the trial of Berlusconi who is accused of paying for sex with a minor continues, the Daily Mail reported.
Prosecutors believe dozens of women were given money, cars and jewellery in return for spending the night with him and in return for attending his bunga bunga parties.
The venue for the parties was the basement in the billionaire media tycoon’s villa at Arcore near Milan and Spinelli told the court how he brought the money to the house from his office over a period between 2009 and 2010.
As prosecutors showed him a long list of bankers drafts and withdrawals from the politician’s accounts Spinelli said, “I was just following the orders of Silvio Berlusconi. Every slip had to be personally signed by him and I would then take the money to Arcore.”
“During the week the girls would speak to me and tell me what they needed and then on a Monday I would go to Arcore where I had a meeting with him (Berlusconi) and he would tell me what amounts to put in the envelopes.
“He asked me to bring the money in cash and I would put it in the safe at the villa. In 2009 I brought around 7,665,000 euros while in 2010 I brought more than 12 million euros.
“Whenever large sums were needed I would forewarn the bank and they would break it down into smaller amounts for me. The money was for the girls daily living expenses and for bills, that sort of thing. We helped so many people and we still do.
“Some of these girls had come from overseas and had nothing. They all needed help,” he told the court.
Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with underage minor Karima El Mahroug, also known as Ruby the Heartbreaker, in February 2010 when she was just 17 years old and therefore technically a minor.
And Spinelli said he gave money to El Mahroug after speaking to Berlusconi.
Spinelli said: “I gave her less than 10,000 euros, probably around 8,900 euros. One day she came to my office and her face was al bruised and she said her flatmate had beaten her up so I gave her 3,000 euros.
“Another time after I had spoken to Berlusconi about her, I gave her 5,000 euros and I think on two other occasions when she turned up at my office unannounced I gave her between 100 euros and 300 euros,” he added. (ANI)