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.

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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.