People hold a picture of Italy"s former PM Berlusconi with words that read "You Never Forget Your First Time" as they celebrate after Berlusconi was sentenced to jail for tax fraud in downtown Rome
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Silvio Berlusconi sentenced for tax fraud

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been handed a jail sentence and barred from office after being found guilty of tax fraud.

The Milan court sentenced him to four years but later cut it to one year because of an amnesty law.

Mr Berlusconi condemned the sentence as "intolerable judicial harassment". He will remain free pending appeals.

He and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 26 Oct 2012