Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Berlusconi in bunga bunga appeal

Silvio Berlusconi's legal challenge to a conviction of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute has opened as the former premier spent his seventh morning working with Alzheimer's patients as part of a tax-fraud sentence.

Berlusconi is appealing against a conviction, seven-year prison sentence and lifetime ban from politics.

He denies having sex with the Moroccan teenager at the centre of the scandal that revealed sex-fuelled "bunga bunga" parties at the then-premier's villa near Milan.

The appeals trial is expected to continue for months.

Berlusconi is performing community service four hours a week as part of his sentence for tax fraud. The four-year sentence was reduced to one year under a general amnesty which can apply only to a first conviction.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph