Berlusconi 'persisted' in tax fraud says court
Explanation of two-year ban on office released29 October, 13:41
Three years of the sentence were commuted due to an amnesty and the three-time premier has also to do the remaining year by performing community service as he is too old to actually go to jail.
But the supreme court sent a five-year ban on office back to the appeals level to be re-calculated and a Milan court reduced it to two years this month. The Milan appeals court said the fraud committed by Berlusconi was more serious "because of the role publicly adopted by the accused, above all that of a politician, worsens the assessment of his conduct". The explanation added that the supreme court ruling established that Berlusconi was the architect of a system that used offshore companies to collect funds and dodge taxes. It added that there was "no proof" Berlusconi had settled his debt with the Italian tax authorities.