Berlusconi appeals Ruby ruling
Sentenced to seven years in prison, lifetime ban from office02 January, 16:28
In the several ongoing and previous trials, Berlusconi has always denied wrongdoing, claiming he is the victim of a minority group of allegedly left-wing prosecutors and judges who he says are persecuting him for political reasons.
Many of the 32 witnesses who testified in Berlusconi's defence have been accused by judicial sources of allegedly committing perjury.
Sources said that several political associates of Berlusconi as well as 18 of the 32 young women who took part in Berlusconi's parties perjured themselves.
The women supported Berlusconi's claims that the gatherings at his home were not "bunga bunga" sex parties but innocent and merry affairs featuring burlesque performances.
The three-time premier's legal woes took a harsh turn in 2013.
In November he was ejected from the Senate following his first-ever binding conviction in August, on tax-fraud charges.