Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
ROME

Justices submit motives for Berlusconi guilty verdict

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(ANSA)- Rome, August 29 - Italy's supreme Cassation Court on
Thursday filed its guilty verdict and the motivations behind its
August 1 ruling against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi for tax
fraud at his Mediaset media empire.
Justices usually take months before issuing their
explanations behind a ruling.
Lawmakers and politicians from the three-time premier's
People of Freedom Party (PdL) accused justices of political bias
and rushing proceedings early last month when the Cassation
quickly scheduled his final appeals trial to start July 30.
Justices said the quick turnaround was to make sure the
case did not time out under the statute of limitations,
something that has happened multiple times in Berlusconi's past
legal entanglements.
This is Berlusconi's first-ever binding criminal
conviction.
He was sentenced to four years in prison, which was
commuted to one year of community service or house arrest
because of an amnesty.
The Senate is voting next month on ratifying a subsequent
ban from office that would strip him of his seat from the upper
house.

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