October 26th, 2012
NewsRescue– The ex-Italian Prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi has been handed a 4-year prison term for tax fraud. It appeared that the Arab-Spring was all about problems in the Arab world, but this was far from the truth. Careful observers recognized that the problems in the new capitalist oriented world, were the true cause of the chaos and regime change in the Middle East and North Africa, which was happening at the very same time and in as ugly a manner in Europe and America.
Leaders across all continents have been deposed, due to frustration of the masses with crippling conditions and raised cost of food, brought on by capitalist exploits. Wall street trading and futures, on food prices lead to an arbitrary famine, which the world now cripples under. The famine, loss of jobs and worsening living conditions have invariably led to riots and government sacking and government official higher scrutiny in the Middel East, Africa and the Western world.
Berlusconi’s exit from government and tax scandal including his prison sentence follow the example of the embarrassing sacking of the French President, whose loss this May was enshrouded in tales of mismanagement. A piece from our May story: In what is now recognized as a global recession and public outrage provoked complete overhaul of European governments, the now former French President, Nikolas Sarkozy conceded Sunday to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande, who defeated him in a run-off, becoming the new president of France.
The ghost of Gaddafi, haunting Sarkozy from the grave as it appeared, with a scandalous revelation of his initial campaign to powers’ success being sponsored by over 50 Million Euros donated by the very same Gaddafi and Libya which he led the assault and decimation of. This revelation was enshrouded in suspicious assassinations of key Gaddafi government officials, including a former minister who was found dead in a river in Vienna, Austria.
Below continues the story from CNN on the sentencing of Berlusconi:
Rome (CNN) — Italy’s flamboyant former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for tax fraud, but is likely to appeal the Milan court’s ruling.
The trial, which involved 10 members of his Mediaset television group, concerned the purchase of TV rights for films which were then resold within the group.
Prosecutors argued that the scheme allowed those involved to avoid a major tax bill. They may have to pay a fine of up to €10 million ($12.9 million), if the court’s ruling is upheld.
Under the Italian legal system, Berlusconi and the Mediaset executives have the right to appeal their sentence twice, in the appeal court and a higher court.
Also, because the case dates back to July 2006, the statute of limitations will expire next year, meaning there is a good chance that Berlusconi and his fellow defendants will never serve any prison time.
Berlusconi, 76, resigned as prime minister last November amid his country’s debt crisis, bringing to an apparent end an 18-year era in which he dominated Italian politics.
He had survived a series of political, corruption and sex scandals over the years, involving allegations of embezzlement, tax fraud and bribery.
He also currently faces trial on charges that he hired an underage prostitute and later tried to pull strings to get her out of jail when she was arrested for theft.
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