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Berlusconi given prison sentence

June 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of paying for sex with 17-year-old Karima El Mahroug.

Berlusconi has also received a lifetime ban from holding office for abusing his power as Prime Minister to have El Mahroug released from police custody after she was arrested for theft.

The 76-year-old is set to appeal the charges, having claimed that the presence of El Mahroug at his infamous parties was not for sexual purposes.

Berlusconi's lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini, described the sentence as "beyond reality" and the case will undergo a final appeal before a final decision is made.

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