Berlusconi hints at a revolution if he gets jailed

Silvio Berlusconi threatens ‘revolution’ if he is jailed

Silvio Berlusconi says he is not afraid but says it will be difficult to put him in jail in Italy

By Natasha Clark11:48AM GMT 12 Dec 2013

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, has claimed that there would be a “revolution” in Italy if he was jailed for tax fraud.

In an interview with France’s Europe 1 radio, he was asked if he was afraid of arrest. “No, I am sure they cannot, otherwise there will be a revolution in Italy.”

“It will be difficult to put me in prison,” he said in an interview, which was pre-recorded at his home in Rome. “And above all, as I am quite old, I am not afraid of anything.”

He also denied rumours that he would leave the country.

“I love my country. I cannot end my role of a patriot and a statesman by fleeing my country,” he said.

The 77-year-old former prime minister was expelled from the Italian Senate last month after he was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Milan in July. He was also ordered to pay 10m euros (£8m) in damages.

However, due to a 2006 amnesty law aimed at reducing prison overcrowding, the sentence was reduced to one year.

His expulsion from parliament has made him more vulnerable in other criminal cases where he is accused of offences including political bribery. He is also appealing against a conviction for abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor.

Due to his age however, Berlusconi will most likely serve his sentence under house arrest or through community service.

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