The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is not likely to serve the jail sentence he was given today because of his age, Professor James Walston of the American University of Rome has told BBC News.
Under a law that Mr Berlusconi himself promoted, convicts over the age of 70 cannot serve prison sentences. Mr Berlusconi is 76.
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.