TV crews and media work outside Milan's court, Italy, Monday, June 24, 2013. Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi faces a verdict in his sensational sex-for-hire trial, charges that could bring an end to his two-decade political career. Berlusconi is charged with paying an under-age Moroccan teen for sex and then trying to cover it up with phone calls to Milan police officials when she was picked up for alleged theft. Berlusconi and the woman deny having had sex with each other. A court is expected to deliver a verdict Monday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Berlusconi convicted of sex with underage prostitute
By COLLEEN BARRY
| The Associated Press
First Published Jun 24 2013 09:57 am • Last Updated Jun 24 2013 09:57 am
MILAN • A Milan court has convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous ‘‘bunga bunga" 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. The ban on holding office could mean the end of Berlusconi’s two-decade political career. However, there are two more levels of appeal before the sentence would become final.
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 center of the scandal have denied ever having sex.
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