Italy’s supreme court on Tuesday upheld on appeal Silvio Berlusconi’s two-year ban from public office following the former prime minister’s tax-fraud conviction.
Berlusconi’s lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling of the Court of Cassation, which diminishes Berlusconi’s hopes of running as a candidate in elections for the European Parliament in May.
Berlusconi had appealed against the ban, which was handed down by a Milan appeals court in October last year.
He also faces a four-year prison sentence, commuted to one year and likely to be spent doing community service, after he was found guilty in August 2013 of masterminding a complex system of tax evasion by his holding company Fininvest.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-03-18