Amnesty law reduces prison sentence for Silvio Berlusconi

Claudio Villa

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in jail for tax evasion, but an Italian amnesty law means he'll see that reduced to just one year.

On Friday, an Italian court sentenced former Italian Prime Minister and current AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi to four years for tax evasion. The sentence was almost immediately reduced to one year, under an amnesty law passed in 2006 to reduce prison overcrowding. As if Berlusconi was ever going to find himself in prison.

In the same ruling, Berlusconi was also ordered to pay a €10 million fine and banned from holding political office for three years. However, the prison sentence and ban will only occur if the ruling is upheld by a higher court. Considering Berlusconi has spent so many years managing to wriggle out of the messes he's found himself in, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for him to be behind bars.

Still, the ruling may benefit Milan. Devoid of resources and hoping to secure another investor, preferably one backed by oil money, having Berlusconi in an unfavorable position could help the club find a new direction. Or rossoneri fans hope, at least.

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