Berlusconi’s acquittal in ‘bunga bunga’ sex case upheld by Italy’s highest court

Baku: Italy’s highest court upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in his infamous “bunga bunga” case Tuesday, giving the former premier a welcome legal victory as he tries to rally his Forza Italia party ahead of regional elections in May, APA reported.

The Court of Cassation rejected prosecutors’ appeal and confirmed Berlusconi’s acquittal on charges he paid for sex with an underage prostitute during raunchy, sex-fueled “bunga bunga” parties at his Milan villa, and used his influence to cover it up.

Prosecutors had alleged that Berlusconi paid Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby, for sex while she was a minor and then intervened with police in 2010 to have her released when she was picked up on suspicion of theft.

In June 2013, the Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to 7 years in jail for having sex with Karima el-Mahroug, who was 17 at the time. In June 2014, the Court of Appeal acquitted the prime minister for the reason that “he was unaware of Karima’s age”.

Note that, about 80 criminals cases have been opened against Berlusconi over the last 20 years, mostly over corruption, ties with mafia and sex scandals. But each time charges on him were lifted, either because they expired or that the prime minister became a winner at courts of appeal.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency