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Berlusconi convicted in wiretap case

MILAN — Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was convicted Thursday over the ­illegal publication in a newspaper owned by his media ­empire of wiretapped conversations related to a bank takeover attempt.

A Milan court found Berlusconi guilty of breach of confidentiality and sentenced him to one year in jail, though it did not issue an order on carrying out the sentence. In Italy, it is rare for anyone to be put behind bars pending a possible appeal except in the case of very serious crimes such as murder.

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