British lawyer David Mills is facing jail in Italy after losing an appeal against a bribery conviction. The court has decided he is guilty of accepting more than 400,000 euros from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 1997.
Mr Mills was appealing against a four-and-a-half year sentence given by the court in February. The lawyer, who is estranged from British Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, was not in court in Milan to hear the latest judgement.
This ruling will make it harder for Berlusconi’s defence team. His previous immunity has been overturned because it is unconstitutional. It has just been announced that he will be back in court on November the 16th to face separate charges of tax fraud and false accounting.
These charges relate to the management of his media companies – in particular, Mediaset’s purchase of TV rights owned by Berlusconi. He is alleged to have inflated their price.