A model who was a witness in Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” sex parties trial in 2012 had high levels of heavy metals cadmium and antimony in her body when she died under mysterious circumstances this month, Italian prosecutors said on Monday.
Imane Fadil, 34, died on March 1 after being admitted to Humanitas hospital in Milan in late January exhibiting “symptoms of poisoning.”
“After examinations of biological liquids were carried out, levels higher than the norm of cadmium and antimony have been found,” the Milan prosecutor, Francesco Greco, told a news conference.
The Italian prosecutor said that the results of the autopsy, which will be held next Wednesday, are still awaited, and noted that “the possibility of death by natural cause is not ruled out, although the examinations carried out have not found pathologies.”
He explained that tests performed on the blood and urine of the deceased have shown that the levels of antimony present were almost three times higher than normal, while those of cadmium were almost seven times higher.
According to “Corriere della Sera”, Fadil, who was writing a book about the so-called Bunga Bunga scandal involving Berlusconi, had told her family and lawyer before she died that she suspected she had been poisoned.
The Moroccan was a key player in the accusations against Berlusconi for abuse of power and incitement to the prostitution of minors in the “Ruby case”, for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison and disqualified from ever holding any public office again.
In her testimony, the model said she witnessed the luxurious dinners that took place at Berlusconi’s Villa San Martino de Arcore. Fadil testified that these included “orgies with young girls” and striptease shows for the then septuagenarian Berlusconi.