Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case

But prison sentence won't start immediately

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 7, 2013 1:58 AM CST

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence is related to his conviction for publicizing an illegally obtained wiretap of a confidential phone call in 2005, but the former Italian prime minister still faces trials involving alleged tax fraud and, of course, sex with an underage prostitute.

In this Oct. 6, 2005 file photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi touches his face during a joined press conference in Rome.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito , File)
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi speaks to reporters after a hearing in his Mediaset appeals trial, at Milan's court, Italy, Friday, March 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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