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Berlusconi faces 5 yrs for abusing office, 1 for prostitute

Ruling on 6-yr sentence expected June 24

Berlusconi faces 5 yrs for abusing office, 1 for prostitute

(see related) Milan, May 13 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi should serve five years for abuse of office and an additional year for paying for sex with an underage dancer, prosecutors specified in their six-year-sentence request Monday. Prosecutors also called for Berlusconi to be banned for life from holding public office. Berlusconi is charged with allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute known as 'Ruby' and allegedly abusing his position to spring her from a police station on an unrelated theft claim. The ex-premier and media magnate was facing maximum possible terms of three years and 12 years respectively. Berlusconi and Ruby deny having sex and the three-time premier claims the case is the latest example of allegedly left-wing prosecutors trying to hound him from office. Prosecutors told the court there was "no doubt" Ruby was a prostitute and had sex with Berlusconi. A ruling on the sentence is expected June 24.

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