Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Berlusconi guilty in wire-tap case

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted over the illegal publication of wiretapped conversations (AP)
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted over the illegal publication of wire-tapped conversations (AP)

Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been convicted for the illegal publication of transcripts of wire-tapped conversations in a newspaper owned by his media empire.

A Milan court on Thursday sentenced him to one year in jail, although he is unlikely to be put behind bars during a possible appeal.

The verdict carries no impact on Mr Berlusconi's eligibility to participate in a new government.

His centre-right coalition finished third in parliamentary elections that saw now clear winner. Talks on forming a new government are expected to begin on March 20.

The charge relates to the 2005 publication of a wiretapped call that was part of an investigation into a failed bid to take over a bank.

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