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Berlusconi's fury at ruling

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has condemned the supreme court's decision to uphold his prison sentence for tax fraud as "baseless" which "deprives me of my freedom." But it is unlikely that he will spend any time in jail.

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Berlusconi denounces 'baseless' court ruling

Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi said the Italian Supreme Court's decision to uphold his tax fraud conviction and jail sentence is "baseless" and robs him of his political rights.

Berlusconi delivered a nine-minute video statement hours after he was definitively convicted for the first time in decades of criminal prosecutions.

Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi made a video statement following the ruling. Credit: APTN

He said he was the victim of "an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality."

Berlusconi denounced the decision, saying it "is based on nothing and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights."

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