Silvio Berlusconi, a former Prime Minister of Italy, was found not guilty on appeal; he was formerly accused and convicted of paying 17-year-old Moroccan prostitute Karima El Mahroug, also known by the stage name Ruby Rubacuori (Italian for "Ruby the Heartstealer")—for sexual services between February and May 2010 when she was under the age of 18. [N 1] He was found not guilty on appeal also, formerly convicted of malfeasance in office (Italian: concussione) by arranging to have El Mahroug released from police detention during an incident in which she was briefly held on claims of theft. On 24 June 2013, the Court of First Instance sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison, and banned him from public office for life. Berlusconi appealed the sentence, and on 18 July 2014, an appeals court overturned Berlusconi's conviction, thus making him once again eligible to hold elected office.
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