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Court hears Berlusconi appeal

Italy's highest court is hearing what could be the final appeal in former premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case.

The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during sex-fuelled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up.

A lower court had convicted the three-time former premier of both charges and sentenced him to seven years.

The high court can decide to uphold the acquittal or throw it out, ordering a new appeals trial. A decision is expected later today.

Berlusconi last week completed his community service stint for a tax fraud conviction. He immediately threw himself back into politics ahead of regional elections in May.

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