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1. He gave his underage lady friend €45,000 simply to get her off the streets and with no ulterior motive. 2. He will fight today’s conviction that he paid for sex with said underage lady friend (and then tried to cover it up) to the grave because you people will not find a more innocent man than Signor Silvio. He didn’t abuse his power to secure her release from jail because he was sleeping with her. He abused his power because he had gotten a bad tip that she was the niece of one of his dictator buddies.
“The ruling is incredible, representing an unprecedented violence aimed at eliminating me from the political life of this country,” said Mr. Berlusconi in a statement. “I intend to resist this persecution because I am absolutely innocent.” […] The case dates back to May 2010 when Mr. Berlusconi phoned a Milan police station to gather information on a Moroccan woman, Karima El Mahroug, an underage nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby Heart-Stealer, who had been detained for allegedly stealing cash from an acquaintance. Prosecutors say that Mr. Berlusconi pressed the police to release the woman, thus constituting abuse of power. They also claim that Mr. Berlusconi sought to have her released to cover up that he had paid her for sex when she was 17. In Italy, it is illegal to pay a minor in exchange for sex. Mr. Berlusconi said he had met the woman during dinner parties at his mansion and acknowledged phoning the police station, but denies having pressed the police to free Ms. El Mahroug.
He said his call to the police was aimed at gathering information on the woman because he had been mistakenly told that Ms. El Mahroug was the niece of Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak.
Hope this clears things up.