Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi 4-year Mediaset fraud term confirmation asked


Milan, March 1 - A Milan prosecutor on Friday asked
appeals court judges to uphold former Italian premier Silvio
Berlusconi four-year conviction for tax fraud in the trading of
film rights for TV broadcasts by his Mediaset media empire.
Berlusconi was sentenced on October 26 to four years and
banned from public office for five.
He called the verdict "impossible".
Due to a 2006 amnesty law, the media magnate who came
second in the Italian elections will not have to serve three
of the four years of his jail sentence if the ruling is upheld
on appeal.
Berlusconi has maintained throughout the trial that he was
not involved in any of the suspicious film-rights trades as he
was busy working in politics.
But judges ruled in October that he indeed "remained at the
top of the management" and "there was no other person" capable
of managing the fraudulent deals.
The prosecutor asked for a sentence of three years and four
months for Mediaset President Fedele Confalonieri, who was
acquitted at the first trial.
The trial, which featured 11 defendants in all, is 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 has fiercely argued he is the victim of a
witch hunt by a group of allegedly left-leaning magistrates.
On Friday he told judges "I hope this will not be a
political sentence because I still have much to do for the good
of the country and I'm hoping for a fair judgement".

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