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Ruby case: Silvio Berlusconi wins appeal against conviction

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Silvio Berlusconi has won an appeal against his conviction for paying an underage prostitute.

The seven-year prison sentence has now been thrown out by judges in Milan, in the so-called “Ruby” case.

Last year a court found that Italy’s former prime minister had paid for s** with 17-year-old nightclub dancer Karima El-Mahroug known as “Ruby the Heartstealer”.

Silvio Berlusconi, 77, is doing community service after being sentenced for tax fraud.

That was a separate case involving his business empire Mediaset.

Silvio Berlusconi has won an appeal against his conviction in Ruby case

Silvio Berlusconi has won an appeal against his conviction in Ruby case (photo AFP/Getty Images)

Silvio Berlusconi helps out once a week at a home for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

He began doing that service in May – and so far it is the only final judgment against him, despite various other court cases.

In the Ruby case both Silvio Berlusconi and Karima El-Mahroug denied having had s**.


During the trial reports emerged of “bunga-bunga” parties at his private villa attended by showgirls. Some of the female guests however described them as “elegant dinner parties”.

Silvio Berlusconi was also acquitted of a charge that he abused his prime ministerial powers by pressuring the police to free Karima El-Mahroug when she was in custody.

In another separate case Silvio Berlusconi is accused of having bribed a senator.

Silvio Berlusconi was banned from holding political office for two years and expelled from the Senate.

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