Silvio Berlusconi

  • Clarence Seedorf could stay on as AC Milan coach: Silvio Berlusconi May 16, 2014

    Clarence Seedorf could stay on as AC Milan manager next season despite reports that the Dutchman will be replaced in the summer, club president Silvio Berlusconi has said. Milan are currently languishing at eighth place and head into the final weekend of the Serie A season looking to grab a place...
  • Berlusconi dismisses AC Milan sale 'joke' April 25, 2014

    Silvio Berlusconi has denied that AC Milan is up for sale after reports claimed Singaporean businessman Peter Lim was ready to fork out 500 million euros for a majority stake in the club. "Milan is not for sale, not for 500 million euros and not for 510 million, it's worth a...
  • Berlusconi family mulling sale of 20-30 per cent stake in AC Milan April 2, 2014

    Milan: The family of former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling a stake of between 20 and 30 percent in football team AC Milan, a spokesman for club co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi said on Wednesday. The spokesman confirmed comments by Berlusconi's daughter after she spoke to reporters on the sidelines...
  • Italy court confirms Berlusconi ban from public office March 19, 2014

    Italy's highest appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for centre-right leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over a conviction for tax fraud. Berlusconi lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said he was "extremely disappointed" by the ruling of the Court of Cassation, which diminishes Berlusconi's hopes of running...
  • AC Milan CEO Galliani to stay despite handing resignation, says Berlusconi November 30, 2013

    Rome: Adriano Galliani will stay in his position as AC Milan CEO despite handing in his resignation, club president Silvio Berlusconi announced on Saturday. "Serenity has returned to AC Milan. Adriano Galliani will remain in his position," Berlusconi told news agency ANSA. On Friday, Galliani announced he would resign after nearly 28...
  • Italy Senate expels 3-time ex-Premier Berlusconi November 29, 2013

    Rome: Three-time former Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ousted from Parliament on Wednesday after two decades as a lawmaker, defiantly calling it "a day of mourning for democracy" and pledging to continue in politics. After weeks of maneuvering, appeals and even an attempt to bring down the government, Berlusconi's delay tactics ran...
  • Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office, rules court October 19, 2013

    A Milan court on Saturday ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud. But, since Berlusconi is a senator, the court's decision will have no immediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will depend on...
  • Italian government sees hope of survival October 1, 2013

    Rome: The Italian government's chances of survival rose on Monday as some of former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's longtime loyalists vowed they would not support his attempt to bring down the fragile coalition. Berlusconi demanded last weekend that the five ministers from his political party quit Premier Enrico Letta's government. He asked...
  • Silvio Berlusconi ministers resign; Italy govt in crisis September 29, 2013

    Milan: Italy's fragile coalition government was pushed into a full-fledged crisis on Saturday after five ministers from former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's political party announced their resignations. The move drew the ire of Premier Enrico Letta, who accused Berlusconi of a "crazy" gesture aimed at covering up his personal affairs. The five-month-old government...
  • Berlusconi would not have faced trial 'if he was gay', says Vladimir Putin September 20, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin denied on Thursday that gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights. Putin on Thursday maintained that the law bans only "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." He argued that it is "no infringement...
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton tops Barack Obama in receiving gifts from foreign leaders August 31, 2013

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outpaced President Barack Obama in 2012 in receiving lavish gifts from foreign leaders. Clinton received gold jewellery worth half a million dollars from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The State Department said the gift included a necklace bracelet, ring and earrings. The white...
  • Berlusconi masterminded tax evasion plan, says Italian court August 30, 2013

    Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was the mastermind behind a complex system of tax evasion by his holding company Fininvest, Italy's highest appeals court said on Thursday. The Court of Cassation, which published the reasons for its decision earlier in August 2013 to uphold Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud, pulled no...
  • Silvio Berlusconi conviction leaves Italian government hanging August 2, 2013

    A ruling by Italy's Supreme Court upholding a tax fraud conviction against former premier and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi has left the fate of the country's fragile ruling coalition resting in the balance. Just three months after centre-left Prime Minister Enrico Letta took office at the head of an uneasy coalition...
  • Italy's Supreme Court court confirms Silvio Berlusconi prison sentence August 2, 2013

    Italy's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a jail sentence against Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud in a devastating blow to the former prime minister that could throw the country's fragile coalition government into crisis. After a three-day hearing, the five judges of the supreme court rejected Berlusconi's final appeal against the...
  • Italy's Supreme Court hears Silvio Berlusconi's crucial appeal July 31, 2013

    Italy's Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing Silvio Berlusconi's last appeal against a jail sentence and ban from public office in a case which could endanger the country's shaky coalition government if the conviction is confirmed. On the first day of the hearing, public prosecutor Antonello Mura rejected most of Berlusconi's...
  • Silvio Berlusconi faces verdict that could endanger Italian government July 30, 2013

    Italy's Supreme Court convenes on Tuesday to rule whether Silvio Berlusconi should be jailed and banned from public office for tax fraud, a verdict that could endanger Italy's shaky coalition government. A ruling against the former prime minister would be his first definitive conviction and signal the end of an era...
  • Silvio Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire case June 25, 2013

    Milan: A Milan court on Monday convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of paying for sex with an underage prostitute during infamous "bunga bunga" parties at his villa and then using his influence to try to cover it up. Berlusconi, 76, was sentenced to seven years in prison and barred...
  • Allegri extends stay at Milan June 3, 2013

    Milan: Massimiliano Allegri will continue to coach AC Milan next season, club owner Silvio Berlusconi confirmed. Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi made the official announcement after holding talks with club vice president Adriano Galliani and Allegri on Sunday night, reports Xinhua. "With Galliani and Allegri we had a frank and cordial discussion...
  • Dancer says showgirls dressed as Obama, nuns at Berlusconi party May 17, 2013

    Milan: The nightclub dancer at the centre of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex trial told a court on Friday that guests at the media tycoon's parties dressed as nuns, nurses and US President Barack Obama. Karima El Mahroug, better known by her stage name "Ruby the Heartstealer",...
  • Berlusconi sex trial: Prosecutors want six-year jail for ex-PM May 14, 2013

    Rome: Prosecutors have urged a Milan court to hand a six-year prison sentence and life ban from office to former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with a minor and for abuse of power. Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini asked the court to give Berlusconi five years in jail for corruption...
  • Berlusconi tax fraud sentence upheld by Italian court May 9, 2013

    Milan: A Milan appeals court upheld a four-year sentence for tax fraud against former prime minister and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, adding to the complications facing Italy's fragile coalition government. In addition to the jail sentence for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of broadcasting rights by his...
  • Botafogo deny Clarence Seedorf link to AC Milan job April 28, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's top-flight football club Botafogo have denied that their star midfielder Clarence Seedorf could return to Italian outfit AC Milan next season as coach. The 37-year-old is reportedly top on Milan president Silvio Berlusconi's list to replace under-pressure Massimiliano Allegri next season, reports Xinhua. "If he is able to...
  • Stalemate over, Italy's Letta names new government April 28, 2013

    Rome: Italian centre-left politician Enrico Letta named a coalition government on Saturday, making one of Silvio Berlusconi's closest allies deputy prime minister and ending two months of damaging political stalemate. Letta has said his priorities would be the economy, unemployment and restoring faith in Italy's discredited political institutions as well as...
  • Italy: Enrico Letta forms new government April 27, 2013

    Rome: Italian centre-left politician Enrico Letta said on Saturday he had won support of other parties to form a coalition government that will include one of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's closest allies as deputy prime minister. Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano after talks with Berlusconi and leaders of his...
  • Ford India apologises over Berlusconi, Paris Hilton bondage ads March 25, 2013

    Mumbai: The Indian unit of Ford Motor has apologised for advertisements decried as demeaning to women, including one depicting Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a trio of bound women in the trunk of a car. A Ford India spokeswoman said Monday that the company is investigating whether anyone at...
  • Italy: Court delays Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial March 13, 2013

    Milan: A Milan court has delayed former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex-for-hire trial after receiving new medical documents confirming that an eye inflammation has prevented his attendance. Berlusconi has been hospitalized since Friday, and his legal team has sought delays in two trials that are nearing verdicts at a politically delicate...
  • Italy: Berlusconi given 1 year jail in wiretap trial March 7, 2013

    Milan: An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a one-year jail term for making public the taped contents of a confidential phone call in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal. The sentence, which was read in court by the judge, came as Berlusconi...
  • Parties may struggle to form government in Italy February 27, 2013

    Rome: A center-left group of parties appears to have the best shot at forming a coalition government in Italy after an inconclusive national election, but the challenge is steep and comes amid public anger over austerity measures. If Italian parties fail to form a governing coalition, new elections would be...
  • Italy's Berlusconi hints open to alliance with center-left February 26, 2013

    Rome: Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday indicated he was open to an alliance between his center-right coalition and the center-left group that won most seats in Italy's parliamentary election. "Italy cannot be left ungoverned, we have to reflect," Berlusconi said in a television interview when asked whether he was...
  • Italian polls head to a deadlock, chopper deal probe may suffer February 26, 2013

    Rome: The voting in Italian elections finished on Monday. As counting is on, indications are that none of the two alliances will be able to form a government. While sources say that this is normal in Italy, the deadlock could mean that the fate of the AgustaWestland chopper deal probe...