'Stature validates leniency for Berlusconi' lawyers argue
Three-time premier appeals underage prostitution sentence14 January, 14:13
In their appeal, over 400 pages long, Berlusconi's attorneys said his "extremely high prestige" should afford him leniency "due to extenuating circumstances". In his 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.
Several political associates of Berlusconi as well as 18 of the 32 young women who took part in his parties could be charged with committing perjury.
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 media mogul'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 at his Mediaset empire.