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Italian Cops Not Happy at Berlusconi's Alleged "Bunga Bunga" Sessions

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi holds a sheet of paper with handwritten notes on Giuliana Sgrena liberation, as he arrives for an improptu news conference in Rome, Friday, March 4, 2005.
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Add the Italian police to the long and growing list of those outraged by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's alleged romps with teenage prostitutes.

Details from the Milan prosecutor's investigation into his alleged tryst with then-17-year-old nightclub dancer, Karima al-Mahroug, also known as Ruby Rubacuori, have become central to a blossoming public morality discussion in Italy.

A prominent Catholic newspaper described the investigation as a "devastating tornado" putting Italy in the worst possible light.

The latest to add its voice to the chorus of detractors is Italy's police union, which reacted to details contained in investigation documents discussing so-called "bunga bunga" sessions at Berlusconi's villa near Milan where women performed stripteases involving "skimpy nurses' outfits and police uniforms," the U.K. daily Guardian reports.

Giorgio Innocenzi, the secretary general of the independent police trades union confederation, said that, if the story is true, "it would be a very serious development that impugns the high levels of professionalism guaranteed by women in the police. (Officers would be uncomfortable wearing a) uniform that would have been held up to ridicule before public opinion, both national and international."

As Berlusconi has before, he thumbed his nose at the allegations, saying a resignation is not in the cards and that "I'm enjoying myself," the Guardian reports.

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.