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Italy's Berlusconi sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud

(Xinhua)

10:43, October 27, 2012

File photo taken on Aug. 3, 2011 shows Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attend a session at the lower house of the parliament in Rome, Italy. A Milan court on Friday sentenced Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company. (Xinhua)

MILAN, Italy, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) - A Milan court on Friday sentenced Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company.

Berlusconi was also banned for three years from public office. Prosecutors in the Italian northern city had asked for him a jail sentence of three years and eight months.

The 76-year-old former premier had been charged with tax frauds together with other 11 defendants, including Mediaset's president Fedele Confalonieri, who was acquitted, and American producer Frank Agrama, who was sentenced to three years in prison.

The Milan court also ordered damages provisionally set at 10 million euros (12.9 million U.S. dollars) that Berlusconi and his co-defendants will have to pay to Italian tax authorities.


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