Silvio Berlusconi Tax Fraud Trial

August 2, 2013 by  

Silvio Berlusconi Tax Fraud Trial, Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said his prison sentence for tax fraud is “based on nothing at all” after it was confirmed by the country’s top court.

The upholding of the billionaire tycoon’s four-year sentence makes it his first ever definitive conviction in up to 30 court cases.

However, three of the years are covered by an amnesty so the term will be commuted to one year, and Berlusconi is likely to be granted community service or house arrest instead.

The court also ordered a review of the five-year ban on public office that was part of the lower court’s sentence. This will be determined by another court.

The five-judge panel began its deliberation of Berlusconi’s last-resort appeal on Thursday at the culmination of two days of arguments by prosecutors and his defence.

Berlusconi has also been found guilty of sex with an underage prostitute
The 76-year-old and three others were convicted in October of tax fraud in the purchase of television rights for Berlusconi’s Mediaset network.

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