Italian judges have ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was guilty of having sex with a minor and abusing his power.
Berlusconi has been given a 7-year jail sentence, though the sentence is pending appeal. He has also been given a lifetime ban from public office. Berlusconi’s lawyer said he would appeal the verdict, as expected.
Earlier, judges in a Milan court had retired to consider their verdict on Monday in a trial surrounding allegations that Berlusconi had sex with former nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, known as “Ruby the Heartstealer,” who was then under 18. More crucially for Berlusconi’s political career, he is accused of abuse of office when he intervened to get her released from police custody when she was arrested in a separate incident.
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Putting the 'burlesque' back into 'Berlusconi.' "Berlusconi Sentenced to 7 Years for Abuse of Power, Sex With Minor" cnbc.com/id/100838036the rational post @tangent24Danya Bashir @ceoDanya
Italian judges have found former Prime Minister Berlusconi guilty of having sex with a minor & abusing his power. cnbc.com/id/100838036Philip Tortora @PhilipTortoraJudy Mahon @worldmade