Appeals court confirms jail term for Berlusconi in tax fraud case
MILAN May 8 (Reuters) - A Milan appeals court confirmed the sentencing of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to 4 years in jail on Wednesday for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his television network Mediaset.
The 76-year-old media magnate was also barred from holding public office for five years, but neither sentence will become definitive unless confirmed in a final appeal.
Berlusconi, who is facing a separate trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor in notorious "bunga bunga" parties, had appealed to reverse the four year sentence handed down in October.
The next hearing of his trial for paying for sex with a minor is scheduled for May 13. (Reporting by Manuela D'Alessandro; Editing by Lisa Jucca)
- Malaysia Airlines plane missing at sea off Vietnam, presumed crashed |
- China draws 'red line' on North Korea, says won't allow war on peninsula
- Malaysian plane crashed off Vietnam coast: state media
- Fresh confrontations raise tempers on ground in Crimea |