(Adds advisers received suspended sentences, background)
By Gianni Montani
TURIN Italy Feb 21 An Italian appeals court has
handed two former Fiat advisers suspended jail
sentences and fines for misleading the market in a 2005 stock
transaction that secured the Agnelli family's control of the car
Thursday's decision by Turin judges overturned a 2010
verdict by a lower court that had found the two advisers, lawyer
Franzo Grande Stevens and former Agnelli family holding company
executive Gianluigi Gabetti, not guilty.
Both men, who protested their innocence, were ordered to pay
a fine of 600,000 euros ($793,300) each and were sentenced to 1
year and 4 months in jail, although the sentences were suspended
meaning that neither of them will spend time in jail.
($1 = 0.7563 euros)
(Reporting by Jennifer Clark and Gianni Montani; Editing by