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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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Mixed political reaction to Silvio Berlusconi sentence

Angelino Alfano, the secretary of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PDL), called today's ruling "incomprehensible" and said the media magnate was the victim of "judicial persecution".

But political rival Antonio Di Pietro, a former magistrate, hailed the decision, saying "the truth has been exposed."

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