English: Silvio Berlusconi in a meeting with J...


For the first time, Silvio Berlusconi is threatened with a legally binding conviction. Italy’s highest court is due to rule this week on the former premier’s tax fraud verdict. It could finally mean an end to the magnate’s political career — and spell serious trouble for the fragile governing coalition.

Silvio Berlusconi is already rehearsing the role of martyr. “If they convict me, I won’t go into exile,” he told Il Libero, a conservative newspaper that is sympathetic to the former prime minister. He said he was innocent, but that he would not apply for house arrest: “If I am convicted, I’m going to prison,” said the four-time premier, media mogul and multi-billionaire. [Read the full article]