Milan - A model who attended Silvio Berlusconi’s notorious ‘bunga bunga’ parties and died in mysterious circumstances told her sister she was a ‘marked woman’ days before her agonising death.
Moroccan-born Imane Fadil, 34, was a key witness in the trial of the former Italian prime minister when he was accused of paying for sex with an underage girl and lurid details emerged of debauched sex parties at his Milan villa.
Earlier this month, days before she was due to testify against him again, she died of organ failure after telling her brother and lawyer she had been poisoned.
Dangerous levels of toxic metals cadmium and antimony were found in her body and, while pathologists and her lawyer ruled out radiation poisoning, police have launched a murder inquiry.
On Saturday night, Ms Fadil’s sister Fatima said the young model had feared for her life in her final days, adding that her life had been destroyed by her involvement in the scandal. ‘The court case had become her obsession. She didn’t sleep for days on end with the ques tions eating away at her, the fear, disbelief,’ she said. She described how Ms Fadil became penniless, yet rejected her family’s offers of help and lived like a recluse on the out skirts of Milan.