[JURIST] Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted Monday on charges of underage prostitution and abuse of power. The Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office for life. A panel of three judges found Berlusconi guilty of paying then 17-year-old dancer Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power [JURIST report] by asking police to release her when...

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