Italy court upholds Berlusconi acquittal in prostitution case

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Posted: Mar 10, 2015 7:04 PM

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.

At the first trial in 2013, Berlusconi 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.

The Rome court rejected an appeal by prosecutors to overturn the acquittal and to hold a new trial.

(Reporting Massimiliano di Giorgio, writing by Philip Pullella)