Silvio Berlusconi found guilty of tax fraud
An Italian court has sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to four years in jail for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television company…
The court also ordered damages provisionally set at €10 million to be paid by Berlusconi and his co-defendants to tax authorities…
A separate trial over accusations that Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage prostitute is currently being heard in Milan. He denies all charges against him.
The four-time prime minister and other Mediaset executives stood accused of inflating the price paid for TV rights via offshore companies controlled by Berlusconi, and skimming off part of the money to create illegal slush funds.
One of the world’s leading examples of just how sleazy and low a politician can get – Berlusconi gets a couple of automatic chances at appeals plus the array of craptastic lawyers he keeps on retainer will do their usual job of delay, diffuse and deny while trying to get sentences overturned and reduced.
Poisonally, I think they should throw away the key.