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Italian court acquits Berlusconi in sex case appeal

  • Former Italian Premier and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi talks during the recording of a tv-talk show May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

MILAN: An Italian appeal court Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi of charges of having sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power.

"The defendant is acquitted," presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, rejecting a request from prosecutors to confirm a seven-year sentence against the billionaire tycoon.

 
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