Silvio Berlusconi awaits final tax fraud appeal verdict
31 July 2013 Last updated at 09:55 BST
Italy's former president Silvio Berlusconi is due to learn if his final appeal against a conviction for tax fraud has been successful.
Mr Berlusconi was originally found guilty in October 2012 and received a jail sentence and a five year ban on holding public office. The verdict was upheld at a subsequent appeal.
The case is being watched closely across the country, amid fears that the result could destabilise the coalition government.
Susana Mendonca reports.