Berlusconi convicted over publication of wiretapped conversations

Thursday, 07 Mar 2013, 13:44

 

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A court in Milan has convicted Silvio Berlusconi for the illegal publication of transcripts of wiretapped conversations in a newspaper owned by his media empire.

The court on Thursday sentenced the former Italian prime minister to one year in jail, although he is unlikely to be put behind bars during a possible appeal.

The verdict has no effect on Berlusconi's eligibility to participate in a new government. His centre-right coalition finished third in parliamentary elections that saw no clear winner. Talks on forming a new government are expected to begin on 20 March.

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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