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Prosecutors demand 1 year for Berlusconi

2012-12-20 22:02

Milan - Prosecutors have demanded a one-year sentence for former Premier Silvio Berlusconi for his alleged role in the publication of wiretap transcripts in a newspaper published by his media empire.

Prosecutor Maurizio Romanelli made the request on Thursday as the trial of Berlusconi and his brother, the publisher of Milan newspaper Il Giornale, comes to a close. Prosecutors demanded three years and three months for Paolo Berlusconi.

The charge relates to the 2005 publication of a wiretapped call that was part of an investigation into a failed takeover bid.

Berlusconi's lawyer Nicolo Ghedini accuses the court of seeking a speedy verdict to impact national elections expected in February. Berlusconi has vacillated over running.

Ghedini in a statement points out that for years wiretaps of Berlusconi's conversations have been published without judicial probes.