Friday 24 November 2017

Berlusconi could get five years

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is facing several court trials
Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is facing several court trials

Italian prosecutors have demanded a five-year prison sentence for former premier Silvio Berlusconi in his trial on corruption charges.

Prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale urged the court to find Mr Berlusconi guilty of having paid a British lawyer 600,000 dollars (£382,000) to lie in other trials involving charges of tax evasion and false accounting related to the billionaire media mogul's business dealings.

The court is racing toward a verdict before the charges expire due to the statute of limitations. Mr De Pasquale calculated that would happen by mid-July.

This is one of several cases pending against Mr Berlusconi in Milan courts, including a trial on charges of having paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

He stepped down in November after failing to persuade investors he could revive the ailing economy.

Press Association

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