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Berlusconi trials 'respected the rules' says prosecutor

'No contrast with principles of just process,'

Berlusconi trials 'respected the rules' says prosecutor

(see related stories) Rome, July 30 - A State prosecutor told Italy's supreme court on Tuesday that proper judicial procedure was fully respected in two trials in which ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud at his media empire. Five judges at the supreme Court of Cassation are considering whether to uphold the prison sentence and a five-year ban on Berlusconi holding public office. If they do, the conviction will become definitive. Berlusconi's defence team has presented 50 objections to the conviction to the Cassation, which will rule on legal procedure and whether the lower appeals court properly justified its sentence. "I can certainly say that from observation of the ways in which the process was conducted, the rules have been respected and there is no contrast with the principles of just process," said prosecutor Antonello Mura.

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