Italy

Berlusconi Accused of Buying Off Witnesses in Sex Trial

And falsifying evidence

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Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, found guilty in June of paying for sex with an underage prostitute, falsified evidence and corrupted dozens of witnesses in a bid to escape jail, a court report said Thursday.

Judges discovered "persistent delinquency… consisting of the systematic falsification of evidence… and the paying off of witnesses," the court said in a sum-up of its decision to sentence the former premier to seven years behind bars and ban him from public office.

The 77-year-old playboy orchestrated the "sexual exhibition of young ladies" which turned into "so-called bunga bunga sessions in which the female guests competed to do the accused's bidding," the court said.