An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case, reversing a lower court conviction that had carried a seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office.
Silvio Berlusconi`s appeal trial against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute opened Friday without the former premier, who was doing community service for a separate tax fraud conviction.
Former PM Silvio Berlusconi hit out at his conviction by a Milan court for paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of office, insisting he was "utterly innocent" and accusing the judges of persecution.
Milan court convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga" parties at his villa and then using influence to cover it up.
Italian police has ordered to launch a search operation for the erotic dancer at the centre of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandal trial after she failed to turn up for a hearing in court on Monday.