Former Italian Prime Minister Convicted of Tax Fraud

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years in prison, but unlikely to serve jail time.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who describes himself as the persecuted man in history, was found guilty of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison in a film-rights case involving his Mediaset SpA television company.

It is unlikely that Berlusconi will serve any jail time given his age, 76, and the Italian appeals process, which can run out the statute of limitations. The court pardoned three years of the sentence. He was also barred from public office for a period of time, according to a sentence read today by a judge in Milan.

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