Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi jailed

Back in contention: Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech at a rally in Rome on February 7, 2013.Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to a year in prison by a Milan court on Thursday over the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap in his brother’s newspaper, the Italian ANSA news agency reported.

Berlusconi can appeal the ruling.

Berlusconi, who resigned from his prime minister’s post in 2011 but ran again in the recent Italian elections, has been previously sentenced to four years in prison for tax evasion but has since appealed the verdict.

He also went to trial for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute known as "Ruby the Heartbreaker," who was 17 years old at the time.

He has a vast business empire, including media holdings and construction companies. Forbes Magazine says he has a net worth of $6.2 billion.


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