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Italy's Strongman, Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced To Prison

Former Italy Prime Minister, Silver Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a Milan court found him guilty of paying for sex with a minor.

According to France 24..
A Milan court on Monday convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up.

Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from public office for life – a sentence that could mean the end of his two-decade-long political career.
However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final, a process that could take months.

Berlusconi holds no official post in the current Italian government, but remains influential in the uneasy cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive February elections.

Both he and the Moroccan woman at the centre of the scandal have denied ever having sex.
His lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini, immediately announced an appeal and said the sentence was as expected as it was unjust.
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"This is beyond reality," Ghedini told reporters outside the courthouse. The sentence was even stiffer than the six-year prison term and lifetime ban on public office that prosecutors had originally requested.

"I'm calm because I've been saying for three years that this trial should never have taken place," Ghedini said.
The charges against the billionaire media mogul stem from "bunga bunga" parties in 2010 at his mansion near Milan, where he wined and dined beautiful young women while he was premier. He says the dinner parties were elegant soirees; prosecutors say they were sex-fuelled parties that women were paid to attend.

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