President of the Italian supreme court Antonio Esposito (C) reads the sentence at the end of the trial involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on August 1, 2013, at the Court of Cassation in Rome. Italy’s top court today confirmed a prison sentence for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in his first ever definitive conviction, which could upset the country’s fragile coalition government. The court upheld a sentence for tax fraud of four years in prison of which three are covered by an amnesty, even though Berlusconi is certain to be granted community service or house arrest instead. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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