Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to 7 years Jail in Sex Trial and banned from public office for life

Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in prisons and a lifetime ban on holding public office.

Created On: Jun 25, 2013 14:31 ISTModified On: Jun 29, 2013 15:30 IST

Silvio BerlusconiFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in prisons and a lifetime ban on holding public office by a lower court of Milan as he was found guilty of soliciting sex from a minor and abusing his powers to cover up his actions.

Silvio Berlusconi was accused of paying for sex on several occasions with Moroccan-born Karima El-Mahroug, a then 17-year-old dancer and glamour girl nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer.

The sentence will be suspended until all appeals process is going to be exhausted, which itself is likely to take several years. The three presiding judges, all women, handed 76 years old Berlusconi a seven-year sentence, tougher than the six years that prosecutors were demanding.

There is a lenient guideline in Italy for people over the age of 70 so it is quite evident that Berlusconi will get some leniency in his jail term.

The trial of Berlusconi relates to crimes committed in 2010 when Berlusconi was prime minister, and revolves around what prosecutors have described as erotic parties held at his luxury residence outside Milan.

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