Berlusconi's Mediaset TV rights appeal to start Jan 18

First hearings in appeals trial already set through early March

Berlusconi's Mediaset TV rights appeal to start Jan 18

Milan, December 14 - Former premier Silvio Berlusconi's appeal of the four-year term he was sentenced to earlier this year in relation to tax fraud in the trading of film rights for TV broadcasts by his Mediaset media empire will begin on January 18. The Milan appeals court has already set the first hearings through to early March 2013, according to court information released on Friday. The first degree verdict was issued on October 26 in Milan. It was the first of a possible three since defendants are entitled to two appeals, the last to the supreme Court of Cassation. Mediaset President Fedele Confalonieri was acquitted in the trial of any wrongdoing. The first trial featured 11 defendants and was one of three involving the media magnate, including one in which he is accused of having sex with an underage alleged prostitute and using his position as premier to allegedly try to hush it up.

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