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Judge rules fashion duo avoided taxes on 1bn euros

The case against fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana - who have been found guilty of tax evasion - dates back to an investigation that began in 2008.

A judge ruled that the pair sold their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado in 2004 to avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros.

The designers are one of the few high-profile cases to have come to trial so far since Italian authorities launched a tax avoidance crackdown.

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