Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud.
Mr Berlusconi and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.
The former prime minister is expected to appeal against the verdict.
He has faced a number of trials connected to his business affairs, but has either been cleared or cases have run beyond the judicial time limit.
In the case for which he was sentenced on Friday, prosecutors alleged that part of the money declared for the purchase of film rights was skimmed off to create illegal slush funds, reducing tax liabilities for Mediaset, one of Mr Berlusconi's companies.
The court handed Mr Berlusconi a longer sentence than the three years and eight months requested by prosecutors. The trial began six years ago
BBC News - Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud
The case will be appealed of course, it'll probably go all the way to the Italian Supreme Court but this is a great day for Italy and justice in general.
The fact that a guy like this... who should be in jail right now could get a sentence like this is a testament to the fact that even a guy like him, who was the most powerful man in Italy and one of the richest and influential before he entered politics anyway is just so awesome I can't even contain my glee which I think has caused this last paragraph not to make sense.