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Berlusconi’s 'innocent' pictures published in Spain

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MADRIDItaly’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi discovered his control over media stretches only within his borders.

Spain’s main daily newspaper, El País, recently published five photos from the prime minister's Mediterranean villa that Italian prosecutors had banned from publications.

Mr. Berlusconi appears in two pictures walking in the company of several young women. Others, showing scantily clad women sunbathing, could be modestly described as R-rated. All faces, except for Berlusconi’s were pixeled out.

It's the latest scandal threatening to engulf Berlusconi. His wife wants to divorce him for his romantic encounters earlier this year with woman a quarter of his age (he's 72). And the photos also appeared just days after an investigation opened into whether he improperly used his official plane to fly guests to his villa.

Berlusconi is enraged by the front-page publication of the photos, calling it an “aggression” of his private life. His lawyer promised to file a lawsuit against the Spanish paper for printing the pictures.

“I’m not afraid,” Berlusconi said, referring to the pictures. “They are innocent photos; there is no scandal, but it is an unacceptable violation of privacy and a scandalous aggression.”

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