MARIO BALOTELLI is at the centre of a race row after he was allegedly called "a little n***r" by the brother of AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi
That's what happened Thursday when the 76-year-old Berlusconi
withdrew his party's support for Monti's government, threatening a premature end to its ambitious reform program.
, along with other defendants convicted in the case, must deposit a total of E10m (PS8m) into a court-ordered fund as appeals, which could take years, proceed.
The court also banned Berlusconi
from holding public office, though the ban would only take effect if the sentence is upheld by a higher court, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
MILAN/ROME: A Milan court Tuesday refused to indict Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi
in a tax fraud case involving his Mediaset media company.
is accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old Moroccan girl and using his influence to try to cover it up.
has campaigned hard to get people out to vote for his centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party, campaigning on the slogan "love always wins over envy and hatred".
loses the appeal, he will have recourse to a second appeal, which would be heard by Italy's Supreme Court, and the whole process could drag the case out for years.
El-Mahroug, who goes by the name of "Ruby the Heart Stealer," said that she made up details about receiving 187,000 Euros from Berlusconi
to attend his parties, asserting that she "made up" the sum to show off, the BBC reported.
It is unclear whether 76-year-old Berlusconi
, a scandal-ridden media tycoon and four times prime minister, will win enough support to wield influence, but even the possibility of a comeback is a nightmare for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
At a time when Hillary Clinton is rebutting questions about Benghazi from Republicans on Capitol Hill, the new biography of Silvio Berlusconi
contains another Benghazi-related story, this one involving Hillary, Silvio Berlusconi
, and Sarkozy at a crucial summit in March 2011.
The Milan Court slapped Berlusconi
a 7-year jail time for having sex with an underage prostitute as well as a lifetime ban to ever seek public office again.