Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Ex-premier's tax-fraud ruling may be announced Wednesday

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(updates previous) Milan, July 31 - Judges at Italy's
supreme court considering whether to uphold a four-year
tax-fraud conviction against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi will
retire from hearings on Wednesday and could announce their
ruling that same evening, court sources said.
If the Cassation upholds the verdict, the prison term and a
five-year ban from holding public office for Berlusconi will
become definitive, possibly causing waves in the fragile
left-right government.
Before Tuesday's hearings came to a close, prosecutors
asked for Berlusconi's prison term to be upheld but that the
previously requested five-year office ban be reduced to three.
Because of a 2006 amnesty law, three of the four years of
the prison sentence will not be effective if the sentence is
confirmed, and as he is over 70, he would probably not have to
serve the year in prison, but be given social work or house
arrest as punishment.
Premier Enrico Letta's government needs the support of
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party to
survive.
However, some PdL lawmakers have threatened the party will
pull its backing and sink the government unless the sentence is
overturned, saying their leader is the victim of persecution by
left-wing magistrates targeting him for political reasons.

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