Berlusconi: Sentence 'incredible'

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has described as "incredible" his seven year jail sentence for an abuse of office and paying for sex with an underage girl.

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Berlusconi aides convicted of procuring prostitutes

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Press Association Images

An Italian court has convicted three ex-aids of Silvio Berlusconi of procuring prostitutes for his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties.

The court has also asked prosecutors to investigate whether Berlusconi gave false testimony in the trial of his associates convicted over underage prostitution.

Today's conviction comes just weeks after Berlusconi was convicted separately of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and forcing public officials to cover it up. He was sentenced to seven years, and banned from politics for life, but is expected to appeal.

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Silvio vows to 'resist persecution' after 7 year sentence

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said the seven year sentence he received in his sex trial was "incredible" and vowed to fight the verdict.

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA

He said: "An incredible sentence has been issued of a violence never seen or heard of before, to try to eliminate me from the political life of this country.

"I intend to resist against this persecution because I am absolutely innocent and I don't want in any way to abandon my battle to make Italy a country that is truly free and just".

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Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi guilty of abuse of office

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been found guilty of abuse of office his underage prostitution trial.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Credit: Reuters

He has been sentenced to seven years in prison and is banned from holding public office. The ruling is not immediately effective, pending an appeal.

His conviction follows a two-year trial that has mesmerised Italy with its accounts of the alleged "bunga bunga" sex parties at the billionaire's private villa outside Milan while he was premier in 2010.

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