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6 years in prison sought for Berlusconi

| Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:39 p.m.

MILAN — Milan prosecutors on Monday demanded a prison sentence of six years and a lifetime ban from public office for former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in his sex-for-hire trial.

The request occurred days after an appeals court upheld a four-year sentence and five-year ban on public office in a tax fraud case against Berlusconi. The two cases, approaching a head at a delicate moment for Italy, raise questions about his political future.

Berlusconi, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, headed the center-right coalition that finished second in February elections and which is in an uneasy coalition with the center-left.

He has no cabinet post, but he serves in Parliament.

In the prostitution case, Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with an underage Moroccan teen at lavish parties he hosted as premier, then trying to cover it up.

Berlusconi said in a statement that the prosecutor's summing up was full of “theories, conjecture, far-fetched notions and falsehoods inspired by prejudice and hatred.”

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