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Berlusconi Sentenced To Year In Prison For Wiretap Leaks


Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he talks during a friend's book launch in Rome in December 2012.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he talks during a friend's book launch in Rome in December 2012.

An Italian court has found former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty of leaking information from a police inquiry and sentenced him to a year in prison.

The charge dates back to 2005, when a newspaper owned by Berlusconi's media empire published police wiretaps to damage a political rival.

Berlusconi is likely to appeal the verdict and will remain free during the appeal process.

He faces two more verdicts this month -- for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute.

Berlusconi has faced numerous trials over the years, which he says are a vendetta by politically minded prosecutors.

He has denied all the charges and has been acquitted or let off under statutes of limitations.

Berlusconi's center-right coalition finished third in Italy's recent parliamentary elections that saw no clear winner.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and BBC
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