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Defiant Berlusconi fires warning to Rome cabinet

27 October 2012 Last updated at 21:34 BST

Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the government of technocrats led by Mario Monti.

Mr Berlusconi said the cabinet was leading Italy into a "spiral of recession" and that his centre-right PDL party would decide in the coming days whether it would end its support.

His comments came a day after he was found guilty of tax fraud and sentenced to jail, but he plans to appeal the verdict.

David Willey reports from Rome.