Berlusconi Big House Bound?

Berlusconi Big House Bound?

A Milan appeals court upheld the October tax fraud conviction of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, which carries a four year prison sentence. Wednesday’s appellate court ruling also upheld the lower court’s decision barring Mr. Berlusconi from public office for five years and from management  of any company for three years.

Further appeals are possible, and the 77-year old billionaire politician is wealthy enough to appeal these charges beyond the statute of limitations. On another, more sensational charge he may not be so lucky. A final decision in his “Bunga-Bunga” case is expected within days. That’s the one in which Mr. Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his government office to cover it up.

More:

“Berlusconi loses appeal in tax fraud case,” Guy Dinmore, Financial Times

“Q&A: Silvio Berlusconi on trial,” BBC News

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