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Old 10-26-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud.

Mr Berlusconi and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.

The former prime minister is expected to appeal against the verdict.

BBC News - Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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This is good news, too bad it's only 4 yrs. Unless you are on his payroll, every Italian is worse off because of this guy. Italian women will especially rejoice.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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supposedly he might not even do jail time?
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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supposedly he might not even do jail time?
I wouldn't doubt it, he's been allowed to get much too rich and powerful.

They say power always corrupts, and since wealth equates to power, I think it is very healthy for people to maintain contempt for the rich (with apologies to some caring rich). To half of Americans that makes me a communist.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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He won't because a law was passed under his government according to which you can't do jail time if you're over 70. I think the law itself makes sense, but I also think he should be forced to pay monetarily.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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More a gesture than anything else as he is highly unlikely to actually spend time behind bars. He has dodged every attempt for decades simply by having enough money to force delays.

Justice is most certainly not blind....The obscenely rich always get a free pass it seems. No change there.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:27 AM
 
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He'll just appeal it until he dies of old age. He won't see a single day behind bars. And if that doesn't work, he'll just do what Craxi did and retire to a villa outside of Europe's grasp.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Are they going to get his friend, Putin, next?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Heres hoping! He is just as corrupt..... and vain....... and he has f*** all to be vain about! lol.
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