Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Berlusconi gets four years for Mediaset tax fraud


Milan, October 26 - Former premier Silvio
Berlusconi was found guilty Friday of tax fraud in the trading
of film rights for TV broadcasts by his Mediaset media empire.
Berlusconi, who said this week he would not run for premier
in April, was sentenced to four years and banned from public
office for three.
The verdict was the first of a possible three since
defendants are entitled to two appeals, the last to the supreme
Court of Cassation.
The trial, which featured 11 defendants in all, was one of
three involving the media magnate, including one in which he is
accused of having sex with an underage alleged prostitute and
using his position as premier to allegedly try to hush it up.
Berlusconi has been tried some 30 times but very rarely
The few convictions were either overturned on appeal or
timed out, sometimes because of law changes made by his
The ex-premier, replaced by technocrat Mario Monti almost a
year ago, has fiercely argued he is the victim of a witch hunt
by a group of allegedly left-leaning magistrates.
Mediaset President Fedele Confalonieri was acquitted

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