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Saturday, 27 October 2012 - 12:34
Berlusconi sentenced to prison for tax fraud
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Italy's former prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi was briefly sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud connected to his Media-set empire yesterday, and was banned from holding public office for five years by a Milan court.

But the court immediately cut the sentence to one year under an amnesty law approved by the then centre-left government in 2006 to reduce the overcrowding of Italian prisons.

Berlusconi, is considered certain to stave off any imprisonment by appealing through higher courts. The verdict came two days after he announced his retirement from politics

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