Berlusconi sentenced to 7 years in prison

Silvio Berlusconi, the disgraced former prime minister of Italy and billionaire media baron, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for having sex with an underaged prostitute. The woman, Karima 'Ruby' el-Mahroug, was paid to have sex at Berlusconi's infamous "Bunga Bunga" parties, and at one point, he lied to Italian police about her to keep her from going to jail for theft -- Berlusconi told the cops she was Hosni Mubarak's niece and that arresting her would cause an international diplomatic incident. Berlusconi sounds like he plans on appealing:

After the verdict, Berlusconi said in a message posted on Facebook that he believed he would be acquitted "because in the facts there is really no possibility to convict me."

He called the sentence "incredible, of a violence never seen or heard before, to try to eliminate me from the political life of this country." He pledged to "resist this persecution, because I am absolutely innocent, and I don't want in any way to abandon my battle to make Italy a truly free and just country."

Elected officials from Beppo Grillo's Five Star movement are insisting that the Italian state must do everything in its power to put Berlusconi behind bars.

'Bunga bunga' busted: Berlusconi convicted of hiring underage girl for sex [Colleen Barry/Associated Press]

(Image: Berlusconi, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from spiritolibero85's photostream)



    1.  well, not to side with Silvio, but these are the same idiots who convicted that school girl of murder because she was a hoochy coochy devil woman!

      1. I do not believe they are the same idiots, unless you’re aiming to slander an entire criminal justice system…in which case, I do hope you’re not an American.

  1. He called the sentence “incredible, of a violence never seen or heard before…”  He pledged to “resist this persecution, because… yadda yadda yadda…”

    There it is in a nutshell, we’ve seen it countless times before, the classic word stylings of tyrants and sleazebags caught with hand in the cookie jar.

      1. Violence is anything I disagree with or which negatively impacts me or prevents me from getting what I want when I want it. What other definition could possibly make sense?

        1. True, and rules are strictures that other people have to obey, not me and my friends.

          1. Which is why when a sentence like this is handed out, their typical reaction can be filed under “INCONCEIVABLE!”

      2.  If Berlusconi is trying to speak English, he probably doesn’t realize that his word choice is bad. I don’t know enough Italian to say for sure but my grandmother frequently used a direct translation from Italian to English that wasn’t exactly what she meant.

        On the other hand, prisons are full of people who were wrongly prosecuted and were actually upholding the principles of democracy. I’m sure that the Italian Constitution was just a piece of paper until Berlusconi delivered the people from their bondage, for which Berlusconi himself only took a small percentage for himself.

        Here’s hoping that justice is served.

        1. Those are the actual words of Berlusconi, the translation is accurate. He also said that he faced not a trial, but a “firing squad”.

          He says those things all the time: according to what he has been saying since 1994, Italy is a 70-years-old communist dictatorship, North Korea style…

          I don’t even think there’s anybody who believes him, not even his followers. 

          1. The problem is, his followers think a 70 year old having sex with a 16 year old is a good thing.

          2. Actually, I think he made up the story to gain some more consent, and I am sure that a lot people, including women, thought he was the real deal… 70+ years old and still able to satisfy a young lady. 

      3. Also keep in mind this gentleman lives in a country that was ruled by fascists a couple of generations ago. That’s some pretty incredible hyperbole.

    1. It is just one year more than those scientists got for not communicating properly about earthquake risk — I’d say that he got off easy…

  2. “…for having sex with an underaged prostitute.”

    I believe the word you’re looking for is “raping.”

    1. Not necessarily. The age of consent is 14, when the older partner isn’t in a position of authority. 
      So apparently it’s just underage prostitiution that’s illegal. 

      1. It is hypothetically possible (ignoring the prostitution for a moment) that genuine consent is involved when a 70-year-old rich politician is having sex with a 14-year-old girl.  But it’s not the likely explanation… even if she’s been taught to think it is.

  3. carlo giuliani is still dead, but this makes me smile. fuck that fucker. it was awesome when he got his face smashed open a few years ago as well.

  4. I hadn’t heard about Berlusconi’s claim that she was Hosni Mubarak’s niece – that’s the sort of  industrial strength chutzpah that only the seriously entitled  could entertain for more than a moment. We live in a world of giants.

    Giant turds, alas, but still giants.

    1.  i suspect he will develop a terminal maladae of the spirit.
      bla bla somthing somthing

    2. Oh, trust me, it’s been diagnosed, verified by the Swiss Hygiene Association of Medicine, signed off and filed.

      Out it will come, waving in the breeze to be lost from his feebling grip, and float down to the assembled journalists below the podium.

    3. In fact, he allegedely developed _several_ illnesses, the latest of which a tragic form of retinal defect that only degenerates on the very same days of his trial hearings, forcing the court to pospone them over and over. That’s why it took over two years to arrive to a first grade sentence, and the third and final grade will presumably take about eight more years.

      But the illnesses are true. They were diagnosed by many experts in the hospital he personally finances, and confirmed by the daily directed by his brother, and further detailed in the news on the three television channels he owns. How could you doubt that?

    4. I dont know about the legal technicalities but AFAIK in Italy the elderly serve their sentence under house arrest instead of prison.

  5. I think Grillo and his party colleagues have the wrong answer, or rather it lacks nuance: the Italian state now needs to ensure that Berlusconi has no avenue left to slip out on a technicality. Berlusconi himself is not what is important, but the system needs to be seen as fair. Therefore he cannot be allowed to bribe his way out yet again – his sentence should be just as hard to overturn as it would be for any other person.

  6. Don’t know if it was a Freudian slip, but a broadcaster here on Irish television was reading out the newspaper headline  ‘Underage Sex Sentence “Incredible” Says Berlusconi’ and omitted the word “sentence” on the first attempt.

  7. Well, if history has taught us anything, it’s that Berlusconi will be elected mayor of Washington, DC once he gets out of prison.

  8. Not to defend Berlusconi, but do bear in mind that his party holds a key block of votes in the coalition, and that the magistrates, rather than being independent are ‘career judges’ who are often seen to be politically motivated (usually left wingers). There is much more wrong with Italy than Berlusconi, indeed the bizarre and unfortunate outcome of this sentence may be to actually increase the power of him and his party as the usually fragmented right wing coalesce around their shared distain for what they see as a politicized judiciary.

    1. They are usually seen as left wingers if the defendant is a right winger or a mafioso, and as right wingers/fascists if the defendant is a left winger.

      It’s such a childish attitude that it really wonder how someone would even start the mantra…

        1. The stakes of what? Of being sentenced by a judge with a political tendency opposed to yours?

          Like those mafia bosses who claimed to be persecuted by “communist judges”? Because you know that this thing begun with the first big trial against the Sicilian mafia, right?

          The “judge is communist” mantra has been created by the mafiosi convicted in the early 80s… you know, those absolutely-not-biased guys…

          1. It doesn’t matter what you or I think; or what happened 30 years ago … but how it will play out in the crucible of Italian politics today.

          2. I see what you mean, but the problem is, on the other side they share more or less the same perspective. Both sides think that Italy is ruled by a dictatorship (the communists, the judges, the fascists, Berlusconi, you name it…) and that they are the victim of the greatest injustice ever. 

            This is childish and it’s a general attitude that balances off  Berlusconi’s claims and its effectiveness. Before Berlusconi and the communist judges, it was the leftists who claimed that the State and its judicial branch were tools in the hands of the corporate powers, but I don’t recall any political gain from that.

            People don’t vote for Berlusconi because of the judges, they vote for him for many other reasons. Sure, they agree with him when he says the judges are communist, but they would agree with him regardless of what he says.

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