July 8, 2006 |
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was charged Friday with false accounting, embezzlement and tax fraud in connection with his media empire's purchases of TV broadcast rights for U.S. movies, his lawyer said. British corporate lawyer David Mills, and the chairman of Berlusconi's Mediaset conglomerate, Fedele Confalonieri, also were indicted in the preliminary hearing, Berlusconi's lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said.
July 17, 1995 |
Murdoch Snubbed in Italy: Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to sell a partial stake in his television empire to a consortium led by Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal rather than to media baron Rupert Murdoch.
April 15, 2014 |
ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The decision by a Milan judge spares Berlusconi, 77, a sentence of house arrest. But the former premier, who has dominated Italy's political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.