BBCNews – Italian Ex-PM Berlusconi Sentenced In Ruby Sex Case – 25 June 2013

Composite image of Silvio Berlusconi (l) and Karima El-Mahroug (r)Both Silvio Berlusconi and Karima El Mahroug deny they had sex

Italy’s former PM Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for having sex with an underage prostitute, and abuse of power.

But Mr Berlusconi remains a free man while he appeals against the ruling.

Both the 76-year-old media tycoon and the Moroccan woman concerned, Karima El Mahroug, deny they had sex.

“I intend to resist this persecution because I am absolutely innocent,” Mr Berlusconi said after the verdict.

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