Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of swindles, sleaze and sex with starlets during his two decades in politics. None of the charges against him have stuck until now.
Several times, including when Berlusconi went on trial for bribing British lawyer David Mills, cases were thrown out of court because too much time passed without sentence.
In other cases, he was convicted in the first degree but later cleared on appeal.
Convicted and sentenced for fiscal fraud, it seems Berlusconi is untouchable no more. He has a further two trials pending.
In the “Ruby” case, he is accused of paying for sex with a girl who was under 18 and abuse of office for attempting to have her released from police custody.
His newspapers are caught up in the second case, in which he is accused of publishing the phone-tapped conversations of former Democrat Party leader Piero Fassino.
Berlusconi and his supporters say the charges against him are politically motivated, while his critics argue that he only entered politics in the first place to escape trial.