Italy’s Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, October 26, 2012 10:58 EDT
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Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (AFP)
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ITALY’S former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud connected to his Mediaset television channels.

He was also banned from holding public office for three years, a Milan court said last night.

Berlusconi was accused of having artificially inflated the price of film distribution rights bought by shell companies, then selling these back to Mediaset.

He is expected to appeal.

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