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Aug 14, 2013

Strong chance Italy’s Berlusconi will request pardon: lawyer

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi is likely to request an official pardon for a tax fraud conviction, his lawyer said on Wednesday, after President Giorgio Napolitano warned his party to stop its threats to bring down Italy’s government over the sentence.

Napolitano issued a long-awaited statement on Tuesday night on Berlusconi’s definitive conviction by the supreme court on August 1 which risked tearing the fractious left-right coalition government apart.

Aug 13, 2013

Italian president says Berlusconi conviction definitive

ROME (Reuters) – President Giorgio Napolitano on Tuesday ruled out any reversal of a tax fraud conviction against Silvio Berlusconi and issued a stern warning to his party against trying to bring down the government over the issue.

Napolitano’s statement that the law must take its course dashed hopes in Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party that the head of state would find a way to allow the former prime minister to continue his leadership of the center-right without restriction despite a jail sentence.

Aug 9, 2013

Is Berlusconi the victim of political judges?

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi says he is the victim of politicised judges, his enemies that he has finally been nailed after two decades evading the law. Either way, the fate of Italy’s dominant politician highlights deep problems with the country’s judicial system.

Ever since he entered politics in 1994, the four-times prime minister has railed against the judges, and he rounded on them again last week after the supreme court confirmed a one-year jail term for tax fraud, his first definitive conviction in dozens of trials.

Aug 9, 2013

Analysis: Berlusconi’s fate highlights problems in Italy’s judicial system

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi says he is the victim of politicized judges, his enemies that he has finally been nailed after two decades evading the law. Either way, the fate of Italy’s dominant politician highlights deep problems with the country’s judicial system.

Ever since he entered politics in 1994, the four-time prime minister has railed against the judges, and he rounded on them again last week after the supreme court confirmed a one-year jail term for tax fraud, his first definitive conviction in dozens of trials.

Aug 9, 2013

Berlusconi’s fate highlights problems in Italy’s judicial system

ROME (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi says he is the victim of politicised judges, his enemies that he has finally been nailed after two decades evading the law. Either way, the fate of Italy’s dominant politician highlights deep problems with the country’s judicial system.

Ever since he entered politics in 1994, the four-times prime minister has railed against the judges, and he rounded on them again last week after the supreme court confirmed a one-year jail term for tax fraud, his first definitive conviction in dozens of trials.

Aug 5, 2013

Threat of Italy government crisis recedes but only for now

ROME (Reuters) – The threat of an Italian government crisis following former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction receded on Monday but the situation remains volatile and could erupt again after the summer break.

The supreme court’s decision on Thursday to confirm a four-year jail sentence for Berlusconi, commuted to one year, sparked severe tensions between his center-right party and the center left of Prime Minister Enrico Letta, partners in a shaky government.

Aug 2, 2013

Can Italy’s Berlusconi pull off one last escape?

ROME (Reuters) – Can Silvio Berlusconi pull off one last escape or is Italy’s most controversial man finally finished after being convicted of tax fraud?

Perhaps the biggest shock for Berlusconi’s intensely loyal supporters when the supreme court on Thursday rejected his appeal against a four-year jail sentence – commuted to one year – was that he had failed to evade his pursuers as usual.

Aug 2, 2013

Analysis: Can Italy’s Berlusconi pull off one last escape?

ROME (Reuters) – Can Silvio Berlusconi pull off one last escape or is Italy’s most controversial man finally finished after being convicted of tax fraud?

Perhaps the biggest shock for Berlusconi’s intensely loyal supporters when the supreme court on Thursday rejected his appeal against a four-year jail sentence – commuted to one year – was that he had failed to evade his pursuers as usual.

Aug 1, 2013

Courts finally catch up with Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – For two decades Silvio Berlusconi seemed teflon-coated, untouched by dozens of court cases and scandals, dominating political life and becoming Italy’s prime minister four times.

But on Thursday, judges finally caught up with the flamboyant 76-year-old when the supreme court rejected his appeal against a four-year jail sentence – commuted to one year under an amnesty.

Aug 1, 2013

Italy’s top court confirms Berlusconi prison sentence

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s supreme court on Thursday upheld a jail sentence against Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud in a devastating blow to the former prime minister that could throw the country’s fragile coalition government into crisis.

After a three-day hearing, the five judges of the supreme court rejected Berlusconi’s final appeal against the verdict handed down by two lower courts in Milan which sentenced the media mogul to four years in jail – commuted to 1 year under an amnesty.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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