The ECHR, however, found that no special circumstances relating to human rights had been violated when Berlusconi was forced to give up a career as an elected official.
Berlusconi was found guilty of tax fraud in 2012 and received a four-year prison sentence and was later disqualified from standing for election for six years beginning on August 1, 2013. That ban was later switched to a single year of community service, while he was temporarily barred from holding public office and stripped of his seat in parliament.
Known for his flamboyant lifestyle and his close personal friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the 82-year-old Berlusconi has also been brought up on charges for paying €500,000 in cash to businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini to lie about claims that he supplied Berlusconi with prostitutes, many of them underage, while the latter served as prime minister.
Berlusconi has already had one conviction connected to soliciting sexual services from women for money. He was slapped with a seven-year prison sentence, which has since been overturned, for having paid a then-17-year-old Moroccan prostitute named Karima El Mahroug for her services in 2010.