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Milan court convicts 3 Berlusconi ex-aides

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By COLLEEN BARRY

MILAN (AP) — A Milan court on Friday convicted three of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's former aides of procuring prostitutes for the media mogul's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.

The court also handed down stiff prison terms: seven years to Emilio Fede, a longtime executive in the mogul's TV networks; seven years to Dario "Lele" Mora, a talent agent, and five years to Nicole Minetti, a former regional politician who professed love for the ex-premier.

Berlusconi wasn't on trial in this case, but he was convicted separately last month of paying for sex with a minor and trying to cover it up. Both he and the young woman, a Moroccan who goes by her stage name "Ruby," had denied having sex. The conservative leader contends he is an innocent victim of prosecutors he says are sympathetic to the left.

In that case, Berlusconi was given a seven-year prison term and banned from politics for life. He is expected to appeal.

In Italy, prostitution among adults is legal but exploiting prostitutes is a crime.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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