Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 1:58 AM CST
Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case
In this Oct. 6, 2005 file photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi touches his face during a joined press conference in Rome.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito , File)

Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence is related to his conviction for publicizing an illegally obtained wiretap of a confidential phone call in 2005, but the former Italian prime minister still faces trials involving alleged tax fraud and, of course, sex with an underage prostitute. (More Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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