24 Jun 2013

Silvio Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial

Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from holding public office, pending appeal, following his “bunga bunga” sex trial.

Silvio Berlusconi

The former Italian prime minister has been found guilty of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute.

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 becomes 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.