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Italy's highest court hears appeal in Berlusconi sex-for-hire acquittal

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, May 21, 2014 file photo, Silvio Berlusconi talks during the recording of a TV show in Rome. Italy's highest court is hearing what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. A lower court had convicted the three-time former premier of both charges, and sentenced him to seven years. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 21, 2014 file photo, Silvio Berlusconi talks during the recording of a TV show in Rome. Italy's highest court is hearing what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. A lower court had convicted the three-time former premier of both charges, and sentenced him to seven years. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Filippo Dinacci, one of the lawyers of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves the Cassation Court building, in Rome, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Italy's highest court was deliberating Tuesday what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Filippo Dinacci, one of the lawyers of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves the Cassation Court building, in Rome, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Italy's highest court was deliberating Tuesday what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Filippo Dinacci, center, one of the lawyers of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, leaves the Cassation Court building, in Rome, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Italy's highest court was deliberating Tuesday what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Filippo Dinacci, center, one of the lawyers of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, leaves the Cassation Court building, in Rome, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Italy's highest court was deliberating Tuesday what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case. The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Italy's highest court is hearing what could be the final appeal in former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's infamous "bunga-bunga" case.

The Court of Cassation will decide whether or not to make final Berlusconi's acquittal by an appellate court on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during sex-fueled parties at his Milan villa, and using his influence to cover it up. A lower court had convicted the three-time former premier of both charges, and sentenced him to seven years.

The high court can decide to uphold the acquittal or throw it out, ordering a new appeals trial. A decision is expected later Tuesday.

Berlusconi last week completed his community service stint for a tax fraud conviction. He immediately threw himself back into politics ahead of regional elections in May.