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Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to jail over wiretap scandal

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Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to jail over wiretap scandal


Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to one year in jail over illegal wiretapping.

The prosecution accused the owner of AC Milan of arranging for a police wiretap of a political rival to be leaked to a newspaper owned by his brother.

The conversation was between the former centre-left leader Piero Fassino and head of the insurance group Unipol and related to a bank takeover.

Berlusconi has the right of appeal and the Italian justice system rules mean that the 76-year-old media billionaire would not have to serve any jail time until the appeals process has been exhausted.

A higher court may still overturn the ruling.

The verdict was immediately criticised by Berlusconi’s lawyer Piero Longo: “I’m not surprised, given that it’s Milan and it has to do with Berlusconi. But I am concerned and shocked because I’m quite convinced that the charges against Berlusconi were weak and contradictory and even completely lacking.”

Berlusconi’s brother Paolo, publisher of the family-owned Il Giornale daily, was sentenced to two years and three months over the same case.

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