ITALY EX-PM SILVIO BERLUSCONI JAIL TERM CONFIRMED

Italy’s highest court has upheld a prison sentence given to former PM Silvio Berlusconi for tax evasion, BBC News reports.

The court also ordered a further judicial review on whether he should be banned from holding public office.

In an emotional video statement, Berlusconi denounced the decision as “based on nothing, and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights”.

The sentence cannot be appealed against further but Berlusconi, 76, is unlikely to go to jail because of his age.

02.08.2013

Source: BBC News