Silvio Berslusconi has called his conviction for tax fraud "unreal" and "politicised", the Associated Press reports.
Speaking on one of the television stations in his media empire, he said:
If you can't count on impartial judges in a country, the country becomes uncivil, barbarian and unlivable and stops being a democracy.
It's sad, but the situation of our country today is that way.
Media reports in Italy suggest lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi are to appeal against his jail sentence for tax fraud.
The former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for his part in a tax evasion scheme.