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    Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud.


    Mr Berlusconi and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.



    The former prime minister is expected to appeal against the verdict.
    He has faced a number of trials connected to his business affairs, but has either been cleared or cases have run beyond the judicial time limit.


    In the case for which he was sentenced on Friday, prosecutors

    alleged that part of the money declared for the purchase of film rights was skimmed off to create illegal slush funds, reducing tax liabilities for Mediaset, one of Mr Berlusconi's companies.



    The court handed Mr Berlusconi a longer sentence than the three years and eight months requested by prosecutors.


    It also banned Mr Berlusconi from holding public office, though the ban would only take effect if the sentence is upheld by a higher court, Italian news agency Ansa reported.



    Mr Berlusconi has dominated Italian politics for most of the last 20 years.
    He was forced to resign as the prime minister of a centre-right coalition last November, and recently said he had no plans to stand again in elections due next year.



    The trial began six years ago, and has been subject to repeated delays.






    BBC News - Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud
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    News to me, but good news, Jimmy

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    prime minister of a centre-right coalition
    Centre right ?

    That centre is a broad fucker or moving fast

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    He'll get off on appeal, of course.

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    Bout time the thieving eyethai was jailing, he makes this lot look positively angelic

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    Italian court upholds public office ban for Silvio Berlusconi



    Silvio Berlusconi says the court cases against him are politically motivated


    Berlusconi's era


    Italy's highest appeals court has upheld a two-year ban from public office imposed on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after he was found guilty of tax fraud.

    The ban means Berlusconi will be unable to stand in elections for the European Parliament in May.

    After last year's verdict, he was also stripped of his senate seat and sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

    The jail term is likely to be commuted to one year's community service.

    Berlusconi's lawyer, Niccolo Ghedini, said he was "extremely disappointed" by Tuesday's ruling of Italy's Court of Cassation.


    Berlusconi timeline

    • 1994: Wins first election with Forza Italia
    • 2001: Re-elected as PM
    • 2006: Loses election. Romano Prodi coalition rules
    • 2008: Wins third election victory
    • 2009: Wife files for divorce. Series of sex scandal claims begins
    • 2011: Steps down amid economic and political turmoil
    • 2013: Convicted of paying for sex with under-age prostitute and abuse of power. Loses appeal on tax fraud. Expelled from Senate
    • 2014: Investigation opens into witness-tampering. Bribery trial begins in Naples
    Mariastella Gelmini, a senior member of Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, said the ruling was "abnormal and unjust".

    "There is an ideological prejudice against Berlusconi that annuls the rights of the defence," said the former education minister.

    Berlusconi, 77, has faced a string of court cases but the sentence for tax fraud, upheld last August, was the first definitive conviction.

    He was convicted over deals his firm Mediaset made to purchase TV rights to US films.

    The subsequent two-year ban on holding public office was imposed by a Milan court in October.

    Last June Berlusconi was also convicted of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his power.

    He was sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from ever holding public office. However, he is free pending the outcome of the appeals process.

    In the latest case against him, Berlusconi went on trial in Naples last month for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party in 2006.

    He denies any wrongdoing.

    Correspondents say that, despite his court convictions and continuing legal battles, Berlusconi still remains an influential force in Italian politics


    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26640155

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    Italy ex-PM Berlusconi to do community service - court



    Silvio Berlusconi has been fighting court battles for years


    Berlusconi's era


    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform a year's community service in a home for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled.

    The sentence followed his conviction last year for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of TV rights by his firm, Mediaset, in the 1990s.

    Berlusconi's lawyers said they were "satisfied" that the ruling would allow him to remain politically active.

    The 77-year-old billionaire has been embroiled in a string of court cases.

    He was spared prison in the Mediaset case because the Italian legal system is lenient to the over-70s.


    Analysis

    Alan Johnston BBC News, Rome


    Silvio Berlusconi used to run this country. He dominated its politics for nearly 20 years.

    But working in that old folks' home will feel very different from his days in the prime ministerial palace.

    Mr Berlusconi has fallen a long way. Of course this community service order is deeply embarrassing for him.

    But in some ways he will be relieved. He will certainly feel that the tribunal's ruling could have been worse.

    He was very keen to avoid house arrest. What mattered to him was that he be left as free as possible to carry on his political activities.

    For the Berlusconi camp, community service was much the better of two bad options.


    The alternative to the community-service sentence would have been house arrest.

    Italian media reports say Berlusconi is likely to work one half-day a week at a home for elderly and disabled people near his estate outside Milan.

    The Ansa news agency identified the home as the Fondazione Sacra Famiglia, a church-run centre with 2,000 patients.

    Berlusconi will be subject to a curfew and banned from meeting people with criminal convictions - a measure which applies to at least one of his associates, AFP news agency reports.

    However, he will be free to travel to Rome from Tuesday to Thursday each week.

    He is still leader of Forza Italia, the main conservative opposition bloc, although he is barred from standing in next month's European elections.


    Court battles

    He has always denied the charges against him, accusing left-wing judges of a witch-hunt aimed at neutralising him as a political leader.

    Last year he was convicted of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his powers, which brought him a lifetime ban from public office. He was expelled from the Italian Senate.

    He is appealing against the underage sex conviction, in a trial known as the "Ruby" case.

    He is also on trial for allegedly bribing a centre-left senator to switch sides


    BBC News - Italy ex-PM Berlusconi to do community service - court

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    He had a great run though

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    I hope the girls in the old folks home report him for sexual assault. That should finish him off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    I hope the girls in the old folks home report him for sexual assault. That should finish him off
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    I don't think he will ever be locked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    I don't think he will ever be locked up.
    Suppose not. European way. Law and right and wrong do not much matter. Totally corrupted society.

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    I'll be gobsmacked if he serves one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    I don't think he will ever be locked up.
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    I'll be gobsmacked if he serves one day.
    Obviously not, as if you look again - he's simply been sentenced to stay at home.
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    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform a year's community service in a home for the elderly,

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    Staying at home is a legal primer for untold exceptions, each forced through as case by case on a technicality, human rights or humanitarian grounds, burdening the judiciary and making a monkey of the law, which of course it is most of the time.

    Anytime he wishes to leave home, on a day trip, overnight or vacation, he will.

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    Berlusconi comments on WW2 death camps spark German anger



    Berlusconi made the latest comments at a rally for his Forza Italia party ahead of the European elections


    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has sparked outrage by saying "for the Germans, concentration camps never existed".

    He was referring to a previous gaffe in which he told a German MEP that he could play a Nazi concentration camp guard in a film.

    His latest comments were at a rally in Milan ahead of the European elections.

    German Families Minister Manuela Schwesig said Berlusconi's "attacks" against Germans were "unspeakable".

    Berlusconi was referring to a 2003 incident involving MEP Martin Schulz, who is now president of the European parliament.

    He had said to Mr Schulz: "I know that in Italy there is a man producing a film on Nazi concentration camps - I shall put you forward for the role of Kapo [guard] - you would be perfect."

    The president of Mr Schulz's Socialists and Democrats (S&D) bloc, Hannes Swoboda, called Berlusconi's latest comments "sickening".
    Numerous trials

    This is the latest in a long line of Berlusconi comments to have sparked criticism.

    Berlusconi is one of Italy's richest men and served as prime minister for nine months from May 1994 and then again for two terms from 2001 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2011.

    He faced frequent allegations of conflicts of interest but it was Italy's debt crisis that forced his resignation in 2011.

    He is embroiled in several legal cases and in 2012 was convicted of tax fraud, leading to his expulsion from the Italian Senate. His sentence for that conviction was to carry out community service in an old people's home.

    Berlusconi maintains he is the target of a vendetta by left-wing judges and once described himself as "without doubt the person who's been the most persecuted in the entire history of the world and the history of man".

    He retains a considerable following on the right of Italian politics and is still leader of Forza Italia, the main conservative opposition bloc.

    However, in March Italy's highest court upheld a two-year ban on him holding public office


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    Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi denied calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel an "unf**kable lard-arse" in an interview aired late Tuesday with the BBC. "In 20 years of politics, I have never insulted anyone," Berlusconi said after being put on the spot about the alleged insult by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman. "No, I have never had problems with Angela Merkel.... this accusation was made up by someone who wanted to turn Angela against me".
    Berlusconi allegedly made the comment in a telephone conversation with a newspaper editor that was secretly recorded three years ago as part of an investigation linked to his "bunga bunga" sex parties.

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    He is The Teflon Don.

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    ^^Hard to argue with Berlusconi's comments re Merkel being an "unf**kable lard-arse" but I thought it was a new low for the BBC/Paxman asking him that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    "unf**kable lard-arse"
    At least his eyes are still good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi denied calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel an "unf**kable lard-arse" in an interview aired late Tuesday with the BBC. "In 20 years of politics, I have never insulted anyone," Berlusconi said after being put on the spot about the alleged insult by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman. "No, I have never had problems with Angela Merkel.... this accusation was made up by someone who wanted to turn Angela against me".
    Berlusconi allegedly made the comment in a telephone conversation with a newspaper editor that was secretly recorded three years ago as part of an investigation linked to his "bunga bunga" sex parties.

    Watched that interview last night. Paxman was cracking up. Berlusconi came across as an b/s incompetent nobody, the pasta scoffing has-been can't even speak engerlish.

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    Not quite sure what people see in Jeramy Paxman.

    I find his interviewing skills to be very poor up against many others.

    Just asked a heap of questions without really digging deep to get the best result.

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    Sadly he's retiring from Newsnight soon and leaving behind a legacy that will be hard to follow.

    A better interviewer of political figures one could not wish to appoint.

    A classic from 2009



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