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Business and serial scandals Berlusconi

ITALY- the Senate voted the exclusion of the former head of government Silvio Berlusconi because of his final sentence in the Mediaset case.

REUTERS / Tony Gentile

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced Monday to seven years in prison in the case of Rubygate, had numerous legal troubles since he entered politics in 1994 but has never been definitively convicted.

Found guilty of false affidavits in the court of Verona about his membership in the P2 lodge. Offense amnestied.

While he chairs the International Summit against crime in Naples, he was invited to appear as part of a corruption case of the Guardia di Finanza. He will be sentenced in July 1998 to two years and nine months in prison and acquitted on appeal in May 2000 and cleared on points in October 2001.

Accused check forgery in connection with the transfer of AC Milan player Gianluigi Lentini. It would have partially funded the purchase of this player to Torino FC with a slush fund of 5 million euros. Backed by prescription in November 2002, partly thanks to the law decriminalizing the false report, approved by its majority in parliament.

Accused of tax fraud in the purchase of lands adjacent to his villa in Macherio. Acquitted at trial and on appeal.

Accused of falsifying balance sheet and tax fraud in the purchase of the Medusa film company. Initially sentenced to sixteen months in prison in December 1997, acquitted on appeal in February 2000, the Court of Cassation acquitted in October 2001.

Accused of illegal financing of the Italian Socialist Party Bettino Craxi through All Iberian account. Initially sentenced to two years and four months in prison in July 1998 call by prescription in October 1999, it confirmed in 2000 by the Court of Cassation.

Opening an investigation by the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon for tax evasion and breach of antitrust law in the case of the redemption of Telecinco chain.

Magistrate accused of corruption during the purchase by Fininvest the Mondadori publishing house. Prescription acquittal on appeal and cassation in November 2001.

Relaxed as a result of the SME case (agro food group bought cheaply). His lawyer was sentenced to five years in prison.

Charged with false report in the case 2. All Iberian Relaxed due to new standards of financial crime.

Case David Mills. Berlusconi is accused of having paid $ 600 000 in 1997 to his British lawyer David Mills in exchange for false testimony and document destruction which caused it harm.

Mediaset case. Charged with forgery in balance, tax evasion and abuse of social good. Mediaset is believed to have artificially inflated purchase price of US film distribution rights. The challenge was to create slush funds abroad and reduce the profits of the company in Italy in order to pay less tax.

The court believes that Berlusconi should be retried for the SME case. Acquitted in 2004, upheld on appeal. In October, Berlusconi is acquitted.

2008 (July)
Berlusconi passed a law granting him immunity from prosecution as he held the Chair of function. In October, Mills and Mediaset trial is suspended.

2009 (April)
Noemi Letizia affair. The participation of Berlusconi's birthday party this girl 18 years and rumors about their relationship end in divorce the couple Berlusconi.

2009 (May)
Publication of motivations judgment against David Mills to four and a half years in prison for perjury in order to benefit "Silvio Berlusconi and [his] Fininvest group impunity [...] or at least keep them made considerable profits" in cases of suspected tax evasion.

2009 (June)
Case of escort girls Giampaolo Tarantini had paid prostitutes so they go to the home of Berlusconi. The best known of these, Patrizzia D'Addario will talk about it in the following months by publishing sound recordings of past events with Silvio Berlusconi, she says. At the same time, sulphurous pictures data festivities by Berlusconi in his Villa Certosa in Sardinia out in the international press.

2009 (September)
After this wave of revelations, relations between Berlusconi and the Italian press is based. He refused, for example, answer questions in a La Repubblica. After criticizing the privacy of the Cavaliere, director of L'Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops resign. Soon after, a new log is based: Il Fatto wants totally independent.

2009 (October)
The holding of Silvio Berlusconi, Fininvest, is ordered to pay € 750 million in damages to a competitor, for its controversial takeover of the Mondadori editor in the 90s.

The Constitutional Court invalidates the immunity law (called Alfano law) that protects Berlusconi from returning to power in April 2008.

2009 (November)
The "Cavaliere" uses cyclical excuse of "legitimate impediment" to avoid travel to two hearings in which he was summoned. Believes himself to be the victim of a "manhunt" launched by the judges against him.

Filing a bill providing for shortening the length of judicial proceedings in six years. Fault verdict within this period, prosecution would be dropped in all cases providing for sentences of less than ten years' imprisonment. It takes about eight to nine years in Italy - and sometimes more - to get a final judgment.

The following month, on December 6, Italians are answering the call of No Berlusconi Day ... Then on December 13, he was assaulted in the face Milan. But the majority continues to support Berlusconi nonetheless.

2010 (February)
The Chamber of Deputies approved a bill to postpone the trials against Silvio Berlusconi, for 18 months. Under this project, the head of government and its ministers can get the suspension of a trial on the ground that they have a "legitimate impediment".

Case David Mills. The Supreme Court decided that the corruption for which the Briton was sentenced were prescribed. This requirement leaves the field to another prescription but this time for Berlusconi, co-accused in this case. The trial was to resume suspended a few days later.

2010 (April)
The appeal trial of his friend Marcello Dell'Utri, Senator Sicilian coming to an end. His story illuminates the shadows of the ascent of Cavaliere. The he has connected with the Mafia?

2010 (May-July)
The Senate passes a law that severely punishes the transcript of wiretapping in the press. Journalists denounced an attempt at intimidation. Faced with this gag law, a "day of silence" is organized. The tension between Berlusconi and journalists is also illustrated by the eviction of a political journalist Rai that irritated Berlusconi, Michele Santoro.

2010 (October-November)
Early Rubygate. A minor of Moroccan origin indicates practicing erotic games at parties held in Berlusconi's villa. Arrested for theft, she was subsequently released on a phone call Berlusconi, anxious to help that he took for "Mubarak's niece." Or concerned that does not ébruitent rumors about his private life as he faces a political divorce with his "eternal dauphin" Gianfranco Fini.

To defend Berlusconi still creates controversy by declaring that he prefers "to have a passion for beautiful women being gay."

2011 (January)
One month after narrowly escaped a censure motion, Berlusconi sees his immunity partly tarnished. The Constitutional Court partially annulled the immunity law that legitimized his refusal to attend the hearings.

2011 (February)
Rubygate. The evidence available to the court (including checks) seem solid, the prosecution demands the immediate judgment of Cavaliere, within the scope of an investigation for use of minor prostitution and abuse of office. The trial will take place in April.

2011 (March-July)
Hearings resume in business in progress ... Silvio Berlusconi honors even the Milan court of his presence, after eight years of absence, for a preliminary hearing in connection with the Mediatrade-RTI case in March. Further hearings are held in early June Rubygate business Mediaset and Mills, after an electoral defeat which seriously undermines Silvio Berlusconi, notably in his stronghold, Milan.

2011 (September)
Berlusconi made the subject of further embarrassing revelations about the organization of parties with young women tariffed services.

2011 (October)
The Milan court decides not to return to court for tax evasion and breach of trust in the Mediatrade folder, its subsidiary Mediaset ..

2012 (February)
Prosecutors in Milan requires five years in prison against Berlusconi. The former head of government is accused of paying his former lawyer for false testimony in his favor in other trials.

2012 (April)
Berlusconi paid large amounts of money to the Sicilian Mafia to benefit from its protection against kidnapping in the 1970s This is clear from the trial of Marcello Dell'Utri, who worked for the group Cavaliere at the time.

2012 (October)
Accused of inciting the minor prostitution and abuse of power within the Rubygate case, the former head of the Italian government denies en bloc in a "spontaneous declaration" delivered before the Court.

In the Mediaset case, Berlusconi is sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion, in the first instance. The sentence was immediately reduced to a de facto year through an amnesty. It is also sentenced to five years of prohibition to exercise any public office.

2013 (March) Berlusconi was sentenced to one year in prison in first instance trial on the acquisition of Unipol bank in which he was accused of violating the secrecy of the investigation.

2013 (May): the Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence in full in the Mediaset case. His defense filed an appeal with the Court of Cassation.

2013 (June): the Milan court condemns seven years in prison and a lifetime ineligibility in Rubygate trial, where the former president of the Council is accused of abuse of power and minor prostitution.

2013 (August): The Supreme Court upheld the prison sentence of former head of government in the Mediaset case. This is the first final conviction against Silvio Berlusconi.

2013 (October): The Milan Court of Appeal fixed at two years the ban on former prime minister holding office in Parliament, and deprives him of his right to vote and to be elected.
Berlusconi is returned to court by a judge of Naples. He is accused of having bought it several years ago an opposition senator.

2013 (November): the Senate vote excluding Cavaliere for its final conviction in the Mediaset case.

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