Former Italian Prime Minister gets 7 years jail after having sex with underage prostituteBy Mason White 10:00 AM June 25, 2013
|Silvio Berlusconi and Karima el Mahroug|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) The former Italian prime minister is now facing 7 years in the slammer after he was found guilty of having sex with an underage prostitute, according to court proceedings in Italy.
A court on Monday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi, to seven years in prison for abuse of power and having sex with an underage prostitute.
The judges also banned the former Prime Minister from holding public office.
The high-profile case focused on an exotic dancer nicknamed “Ruby the heart-stealer.”
Berlusconi’s lawyer said that he plans to appeal the conviction. He said he was not surprised by the verdict, as the former prime minister had not received a fair trial.
“What happened today is very serious,” defense lawyer Nicolo Ghedini said. Ghedini also argued that judges have not adequately considered the evidence in the case.
Prosecutors had argued that Berlusconi had sex 13 times with minor, dancer Karima el Mahroug, and abused his position when he intervened to get her released from jail after she was arrested on charges of theft.
Berlusconi, 76, has denied the charges against him.
“It is absurd to suggest that I paid for a relationship with a woman. It’s something I’ve never done a single time in my life. It’s something I find degrading for my dignity,” he said.
El Mahroug has said she never had sex with Berlusconi and that she lied about her age, saying she was 24.
The underage sex verdict is just the latest in a series of troubles for the former prime minister.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view