Italy's top court clears Berlusconi in bunga bunga sex case

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) leaves the central justice office in Milan surrounded by his security guards on April 23, 2014Italy’s top court on Tuesday definitively cleared Silvio Berlusconi of charges that he paid for sex with an underage dancer and then abused his position as prime minister to cover it up. After nine hours of deliberations, the judges at the Court of Cassation delivered a ruling that brings to an end a lengthy legal saga which lifted the lid on the “bunga bunga” sex parties the billionaire tycoon and former prime minister organised in his Milan villa. It also leaves the 78-year-old, who served three terms as premier, free to resume a central role in politics at the helm of his centre-right Forza Italia party. Berlusconi has just finished serving a community service order for corporate tax fraud and remains embroiled in several other legal cases.

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