Berlusconi given jail sentence

Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to one year in jail for his role in the illegal publication on wiretapped conversations by newspapers in his media group. It is unlikely that he will serve the term.

Background to Silvio Berlusconi wiretap trial

  • Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has received a one-year sentence after being convicted of the illegal publication of wiretaps.
  • It relates to a conversation relating to a 2005 banking scandal between a political opponent, Piero Fassino, the head of the former centre-left Democratic Left (DS) party, and Giovanni Consorte, the former chairman of Unipol, an association of insurers.
  • Details of the confidential phone call were published in Il Giornale, a conservative newspaper owned by Mr Berlusconi's brother Paolo. He has been sentenced to two years and three months.
  • Berlusconi, who has denied any wrongdoing, can seek to have the decision overturned before a court of appeal.

Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi sentenced to one year in jail

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to a one-year jail term for his involvement in the illegal publication of wiretaps.

Mr Berlusconi allegedly made public the contents of a confidential phone call in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal in his brother Paolo Berlusconi's newspaper Il Giornale.

Silvio Berlusconi can appeal the sentence imposed by the judge.

Berlusconi, who has denied any wrongdoing, can seek to have the decision overturned before a court of appeal.

Under Italian law, he is not expected to serve any prison term until all possible appeal trials have been carried out.

His brother has received a sentence of two years and three months.

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