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Berlusconi: Not Guilty in Teen-Sex-for-Hire Case

July 19, 2014

Berlusconi: Not Guilty in Teen-Sex-for-Hire Case

Billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been acquitted of having sex with an underage prostitute, This decision by an Italian appeals court cancels the penalties of the sentence, 7 years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics. But don’t look for Mr. Berlusconi in Parliament just yet. He was expelled from the Italian Senate due to an earlier tax fraud conviction, so it looks like the Italian Government will remain Berlusconi-free for the foreseeable future.

More:

“Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Italy appeals court clears Berlusconi in sex trial,” Ilaria Polleschi and Silvia Aloisi, Reuters via Chicago Tribune

“‘Bunga bunga’ showgirl incredulous at Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal,” Nick Squires, Daily Telegraph

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Silvio Berlusconi Returns to Private Life

November 30, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi Returns to Private Life

The Italian Senate expelled billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from membership last week so he could spend more time with his attorneys and under-aged females. The proximate cause: Mr. Berlusconi’s recent tax fraud conviction. For the first time in two decades, the Italian Government is Berlusconi-free.

Private Citizen Berlusconi has problems. There are new charges that he and his lawyers paid off trial witnesses to his notorious “bunga bunga” sex parties. The 77-year- old’s 28-year-old showgirl girlfriend has appealed to that great champion of morally challenged billionaires, Pope Francis, to clear Silvio’s name.

Update:

“Berlusconi, The Perils of Not Knowing When to Say Goodbye,” Marcello Sorgi, La Stampa via Worldcrunch

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Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

August 3, 2013

Berlusconi: Guilty, Guilty, Guilty.

Appearing on television after an appeals court upheld his conviction on abuse of office  sex offences  bribery tax fraud, one of his many convictions, billionaire septuagenarian, football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claimed he is being harassed by vengeful political enemies:

“Today’s sentence confirmed my belief that a part of the judicial authorities has become irresponsible”

“I have never been anyone’s silent partner, I have never devised any system of fiscal fraud, there have never been false invoices in the history of Mediaset, just like there are no hidden funds abroad that are linked to me or my family.”

“In exchange for the commitments I have made for my country over almost 20 years and now as I am coming to the end of my public life, I have been rewarded with accusations and a verdict that is founded on absolutely nothing, that takes away my personal freedom and my political rights.”

“Is this the Italy that we want? Is this the Italy that we love? Absolutely not.”

Uh huh.

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Berlusconi: Guilty

June 25, 2013

Berlusconi

On Monday a Milan court found Silvio Berlusconi — billionaire septuagenarian, football team owner, former Italian Prime Minister, Bunga-Bunga Party host, and one-time cruise ship crooner —  guilty of having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his public office in an attempt to cover it up. Mr. Berlusconi was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from public office for life. He recently lost an appeal of an earlier tax fraud conviction.

Mr. Berlusconi, owner of a vast media empire, insisted that he is innocent — on his Facebook page.

More:

“Berlusconi Is Sentenced to Seven Years in Sex Case, but Can Still Appeal Verdict,” Rachel Donadio and Elisabetta Poveledo, New York Times

“Berlusconi: ‘Sentenza violenta, io resisto alla persecuzione,'” ANSA

“Processo Ruby, condannato Silvio Berlusconi. 7 anni e interdizione perpetua dai pubblici uffici,” La Repubblica 

Update:

“Berlusconi, The End Is Near,” Marcello Sorgi, La Stampa via Worldcrunch

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Berlusconi Big House Bound?

May 8, 2013

Berlusconi Big House Bound?

A Milan appeals court upheld the October tax fraud conviction of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, which carries a four year prison sentence. Wednesday’s appellate court ruling also upheld the lower court’s decision barring Mr. Berlusconi from public office for five years and from management  of any company for three years.

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Berlusconi: Big House Bound?

October 27, 2012

Berlusconi: Big House Bound?

Italy’s billionaire ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison.The sentence was later reduced to one year because he is rich old a TV station owner  powerful Milanese sexy a soccer team owner entitled to this under some inexplicable but very Italian law. Martyn McLaughlin says Mr. B. wants to serve his time in a women’s prison, but the Washington Post‘s Max Fisher thinks he’ll avoid the pokey. Again.

The sentence includes a 10 million Euro fine and a prohibition on serving in public office. Mr. Berlusconi can well afford the fine, and had already announced that he won’t run for PM again. [Expressive Italian shrug goes here].

More:

“Processo Mediaset, 4 anni a Berlusconi Replica in tv : ‘Giudici da paese incivile,'” Antonio Castaldo, Courierre della Serra

“Frode fiscale sui diritti tv Mediaset Berlusconi condannato a 4 anni interdizione dai pubblici uffici per 5,” La Stampa

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Addio, Silvio!

November 12, 2011

Addio, Silvio!

After 17 colorful years, Silvio Berlusconi has stepped down as Italian Prime Minister, resigning in order to spend more quality time with his bunga-bunga parties. Mr. Berlusconi is now merely a private Italian citizen, third-richest man in Italy, and defendant in several lurid court cases.

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Happy Birthday Silvio Berlusconi

September 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi turned 75 yesterday. The AC Milan soccer team sent greetings to the embattled billionaire — he owns the franchise — but he got brickbats from most Italians. His biggest gift was a new sex scandal: former Miss Montenegro Katarina Knezevic says she had an affair with him.

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Berlusconi: ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’

September 15, 2011

Berlusconi: 'Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien'

“Coming from a politician who has previously likened himself to Napoleon and Jesus Christ, there was perhaps always going to be one answer when Silvio Berlusconi was asked what in the past he would change if given the chance.

 ‘No, there’s nothing that I consider a real mistake,’ replied the Italian prime minister, who has suffered a draining away of political support in recent times as he fended off accusations of sleeping with teenage prostitutes and charges that his country’s economy is now heading for the rocks under his erratic stewardship.”

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Berlusconi Celebrates Mussolini; Gal Pal Cashes In

February 18, 2011

Burlusconi Celebrates Mussolini; Gal Pal Cashes In

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi commemorated the work of his predecessor, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, in a ceremony at the Vatican yesterday. Mr. Berlusconi met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to mark the anniversary of the 1929 Lateran Treaty establishing 109-acre Vatican City within Rome. That’s the same Cardinal Bertone who urged “everyone, especially those who hold a position of public responsibility […] to commit themselves to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and legality.” The two officials may have shaken hands, and it is unclear whether the Cardinal wiped his off afterwards.

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