Berlusconi’s lawyers, Niccolo Ghedini and Piero Longo, called the verdict “absolutely incredible” and “lacking legal logic”.Even some neutral observers had voiced doubt that the tax-fraud charges against Berlusconi would stick, seeing as they cited decades-old accounting trails, at a time when the tycoon was already more involved in politics than broadcasting.She said: “I guested this kid – I don’t know what he’s saying because I don’t speak Arabic, [but] everyone thought he was really funny, and everyone liked him, and I guess this video went viral.“He didn’t speak much English, so I was trying to get him to understand what I was saying most of the time; it wasn’t that good communication.“He was dancing and being funny, we would both dance on there because we can’t communicate with words.It was pretty funny.”Ms Crockett, who has a boyfriend, described the situation as "totally crazy and unfair" but that she did not feel responsible as she had "no control over it".The movie is a tale about a young boy aroused by the sexual awakenings and the political views of the Italian youth. Silvio (the main character), Ponzi (his best friend) and a group of boys and girls that go to the same school.
The next morning, as Ponzi comes to pick up Silvio at his place, he tells him that the school has been shut down and they're going to invade and occupy.
Despite the media mogul having been mired in scandal after scandal for the best part of 20 years, today’s conviction is his first; other criminal trials have ended in acquittal or have been thrown out under the statute of limitations.
Still, Berlusconi, 76, is unlikely to go to jail despite the sentence; under Italian sentencing guidelines, convicts over 70 are rarely incarcerated.
Gianfranco Mascia, a blogger who organised protests against former premier Silvio Berlusconi, raises a glass with campaigners following the sentence announced against Berlusconi, near the Italian Parliament in Rome After years of court cases, legal argument and allegations, the law finally caught up Silvio Berlusconi today when he was convicted in a criminal court and sentenced to four years in prison – later cut to one year – after prosecutors proved the billionaire ex-premier was guilty of a multi-million euro tax fraud. The Milan court declared the mogul guilty of dodging huge amounts of tax by exaggerating the cost of film rights that he purchased for his Mediaset television empire.
Some of the assets were diverted to overseas slush funds in Switzerland and Hong Kong in the €200m scam.