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Berlusconi sentenced to 4 years

MILAN -- A court in Italy has convicted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison.

In Italy, cases must pass two levels of appeal before the verdicts are final. Berlusconi is expected to appeal.

The conviction Friday was the media mogul's first; other criminal probes and trials had ended in acquittal or were thrown out for statute of limitations. Earlier in the week, Berlusconi had announced he wouldn't run for a fourth term. The 76-year-old media mogul wasn't in the courtroom for the verdict on the case stemming from dealings in his Mediaset business empire.

Berlusconi announced Wednesday that he won't run for a fourth term in spring elections and said his center-right movement should hold a primary to choose its candidate.

1 Comment
October 27, 2012    wiseguy@
Unlike CSB. Berlusconi did not cry out..... "Hey folks!!! I was politically persecuted".
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In this May 11 file photo, Italian former Premier Silvio Berlusconi grimaces as he attends the funeral of Italian entrepreneur Giampiero Cantoni in Milan, Italy. (AP)

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