LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Silvio Berlusconi jail sentence was ordered today after a decision in one of his many criminal case. But a Silvio Berlusconi jail term won’t be served until all appeals are exhausted, officials tell news.
Today’s Silvio Berlusconi case did not concern the Karima el Mahroug, Ruby the Heart-stealer matter nor the tax fraud case. Thursday’s decision concereds his family-owned Il Giornale daily. The paper published wiretaps connected to a banking scandal nearly seven years earlier. Paolo Berlusconi was sentenced to two years and three months for the wiretaps publication. But today Silvio was sentenced to one year.
In October LALATE reported that Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud in other case concerning the purchase of TV rights to films. The court found that Silvio Berlusconi failed to report significant taxes during those transactions. As a result, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to pay a thirteen million dollar fine plus serve four years in jail.
He has two other cases including the Heart-stealer case being resolved later this month. After today’s sentencing, Silvio’s attorney issued a statement to news “I’m not surprised, given that it’s Milan and it has to do with Berlusconi. But I am concerned and shocked because I’m quite convinced that the charges against Berlusconi were weak and contradictory and even completely lacking.”