Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced To 7 Years In Jail For Underage Sex

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Sentenced To 7 Years In Jail For Underage SexA panel of judges Monday sentenced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in prison for abusing power and having sex with an underage prostitute. Judges also barred the flamboyant former prime minister from holding public office.

‘Abused his position’

The high-profile case centered on an exotic dancer nicknamed “Ruby the heart-stealer.” Prosecutors had argued that Berlusconi had sex 13 times with underage dancer Karima el Mahroug and abused his position when he intervened in May 2010 to get her released from jail, where she was being held on charges of theft. Berlusconi, 76, has denied the charges and others against him.

El Mahroug has said that she never had sex with Berlusconi and that she lied to him about her age, telling him she was 24.

‘Colorful and controversial’

The underage sex trial verdict is the latest in a string of legal troubles the former prime minister has faced. Last month, an Italian appeals court in Milan upheld a four-year prison sentence for Berlusconi, who was convicted of tax evasion by a lower court last October. In that sentence, he was barred from public office for five years.

Berlusconi, who served on and off as prime minister between 1994 and 2011, is arguably one of the most colorful and controversial figures in the lively history of Italian politics. For years, he has been entangled in fraud, corruption and sex scandals that have often reached Italian courts.

Is Silvio Berlusconi telling the truth? Or do you still smell something fishy in this case?

Source: Hada Messia | CNN

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‘Batman’ Turns In Burglary Suspect To Police

'Batman' Turns In Burglary Suspect To PoliceA man dressed as the caped crusader Batman has handed over a wanted man at a Bradford police station before disappearing into the night.


Police said the costumed crime-fighter marched the 27-year-old man into Trafalgar House Police Station, in the early hours of 25 February. The man was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud offences.

Despite speculation on social media the arrested man could know the mysterious crime-fighter, West Yorkshire Police said: “We do not know the identity of the man dressed as Batman and do not know if he is friends with the man who was handed in.”

‘Keep his identity a secret’

A fancy dress store owner believes she sold the costume to the masked man. Kathryn Sutcliffe, of Kirkgate Market’s The Joke Shop, said she sold a Batman outfit to a man in his 20s a couple of days before the incident.

She said: “Usually they want the Dark Knight costume but he wanted this one. He wanted the one with the muscly chest as well. It’s like the one Del Boy wears in Only Fools and Horses.”

Mrs Sutcliffe said the man had a local accent and was tall with curly black hair. She may be one of the few people who knows the Bradford Batman’s name, as he paid with a credit card and she has the receipt, but she said she would keep his identity a secret.

Did you find this Batman incident amusing, baffling, or bizarre? Would YOU don a Batman costume to turn in a criminal to the police?

Source: BBC News

Image: ABC News