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Berlusconi faces verdict in sex-for-hire trial
AP
Milan, June 24, 2013
First Published: 13:07 IST(24/6/2013)
Last Updated: 13:21 IST(24/6/2013)

Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi faces a verdict in his sensational sex-for-hire trial, charges that could bring an end to his two-decade political career.

Berlusconi is charged with paying an under-age Moroccan teen for sex and then trying to cover it up with phone calls to Milan police officials when she was picked up for alleged theft. Berlusconi and the woman deny having had sex with each other.

A court is expected to deliver a verdict on Monday. Prosecutors are seeking a six-year jail term and a lifetime ban from politics.

Berlusconi holds no official posts in the current Italian government, but remains influential in the uneasy cross-party coalition that emerged after inconclusive February elections.

Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence were upheld on a first appeal.


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