As Euronews informs, the former Italian Prime Minister has been given seven years’ jail and a life ban from public office. But the sentence is not immediately effective, pending an appeal. It could be years before a verdict is final.
It is thought the outcome could threaten Italy’s fragile coalition government, which depends on the support of Berlusconi’s centre-right party.
The seven-year sentence announced by the judge is one year more than prosecutors had asked for.
Berlusconi had denied all the charges against him. The two-year case has grabbed worldwide attention with its accounts of so-called “bunga bunga” parties at his private villa.
The 76-year-old billionaire was accused of paying for sex with a nightclub dancer who was under the legal age for prostitution, and abuse of power for trying to get her freed from custody.