Italy court upholds Berlusconi acquittal in prostitution case

March 10, 2015 11:04 PM

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Italy court upholds Berlusconi acquittal in prostitution case

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's highest court on Tuesday confirmed an acquittal for former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor, giving him a boost as he is trying to hold onto his role as a conservative leader.

At the first trial in 2013, Berlusconi, 78, was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. But that ruling was overturned by an appeals court in Milan that acquitted him last year.

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