Reports: Berlusconi to appeal

Media reports in Italy suggest lawyers for former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are to appeal against his jail sentence for tax fraud, according to the BBC.

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Berlusconi case involved illegal slush funds in Mediaset

Silvio Berlusconi and other executives at his Mediaset broadcaster stood accused of inflating the price paid for TV rights via offshore companies controlled by Berlusconi, and skimming off part of the money to create illegal slush funds.

The investigation focused on television and cinema rights that Berlusconi's holding company Fininvest bought via offshore companies from US groups for 470 million euros between 1994 and 1999.

The court acquitted Mediaset chairman and Berlusconi's long-term friend Fedele Confalonieri, for whom prosecutors had sought a sentence of three years and four months.

Silvio Berlusconi 'will not run for Prime Minister again'

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Today's ruling comes just two days after Silvio Berlusconi said he would not run for a fourth term as Prime Minister.

He remains the leader of the centre-right People of Freedom party that he founded.

In February, a corruption case involving Mr Berlusconi was thrown out because it expired under the statute of limitations.

He is also facing separate charges of sex with an under-age prostitute.

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