Judges call Berlusconi 'creator' of tax-dodging system
Justification of Mediaset conviction released29 August, 15:02
The definitive conviction has deeply divided Italy's unprecedented right-left government this month, threatening to scupper the cabinet after just four months in office if the media magnate is stripped of his Senate seat. Berlusconi was the "creator of the mechanism for twisting (film) rights, that over a distance of years continued to produce (illegal) effects, reducing taxes for the companies that he headed in many ways," the judges wrote.
Berlusconi was convicted of manipulating the purchase of film rights for the television broadcaster Mediaset, which is part of a multi-billion-euro media empire controlled by the centre-right leader's family.