After years of successfully brushing off sexual scandals, allegations of corruption and political setbacks, on the 24 June Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced by the Court of Milan to seven years in jail and was banned permanently from public office in the "Ruby sex trial".
While there may be several appeals left open to him before he serves that punishment, the sentence comes as a remarkable blow to the man who many Italians came to think was untouchable.
And yet, despite it all, Mr Berlusconi has not relinquished his grip on power, having an influential role behind the scenes of the Italian government, as leader of the second party in the coalition.
Moreover, his issues with the justice have not deterred supporters, many of whom see him as the victim of a left-wing conspiracy.
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|Karima El Mahroug (aka Ruby) and Silvio Berlusconi (photo: Reuters)|