Italy's top court begins crucial hearings for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday that could end the billionaire tycoon's parliamentary career and risk upsetting the country's fragile coalition.
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi delivers a speech in in Brescia, southern Italy during a rally organised by the People of Freedom party (PDL) against 'politicised magistrates' on May 11, 2013. Italy's top court begins crucial hearings for Berlusconi on Tuesday that will decide whether to confirm a one-year prison sentence and a five-year ban from politics.
The supreme court is set to decide whether or not to confirm a one-year prison sentence and a five-year ban from politics in a long-running tax fraud case involving Berlusconi's media business interests.
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