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Berlusconi conviction 'a political homicide' says Cicchitto

Former premier, media mogul, says he is target of leftist judges

Berlusconi conviction 'a political homicide' says Cicchitto

Rome, October 26 - The conviction of Silvio Berlusconi is an attempt at "political homicide," the House whip for the former premier's centre-right People of Freedom Party (PdL) said Friday. "This isn't a sentence, it's an attempt at political homicide," said Fabrizio Cicchitto. The media tycoon was found guilty Friday of tax fraud in the trading of film rights for TV broadcasts by his Mediaset media empire, sentenced to four years in prison and banned from public office for five. "Unfortunately we have long known this was an act of using the justice system as a political tool," added Cicchitto. Berlusconi, who said earlier this week he would not run for premier in elections next spring, has long insisted he is the victim of persecution by allegedly left-leaning judges.

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