Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Judges say Berlusconi 'chose' people to run tax dodge


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Rome, August 29 - Silvio Berlusconi knowingly
allowed a system "without commercial justification" to continue
under hand-picked proxies, wrote a panel of supreme Cassation
Court judges in their justification, released Thursday, for
upholding the media mogul's tax-fraud conviction in a case
concerning programming rights at his Mediaset media empire.
"Perfectly knowing the mechanism, he let it continue
unaltered, keeping subjects chosen by himself in the strategic
positions, who continued to deal with management in such a way
as to permit the persistent rise in Mediaset's costs for the
purpose of tax evasion," the judges wrote.
Berlusconi is accused of creating a system by which
offshore companies would be used as intermediaries in the
purchase of films.
Mediaset allegedly bought the film rights at inflated rates
from the offshore companies, which judges believe led to higher
costs for Mediaset, smaller commercial margins on which taxes
were paid, and pooling money in offshore accounts.
Mediaset is part of a multi-billion-euro media empire
controlled by the centre-left leader's family.
The definitive conviction has deeply divided Italy's
unprecedented left-right government this month, threatening to
scupper the cabinet after just four months in office.

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