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Berlusconi Wins Concession From Prosecutor at Top Court

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, making his final appeal against a tax-fraud conviction, won a concession on the first day of hearings as the prosecutor asked judges to ease the maximum sentence.

The five-year ban from public office, imposed last year by Berlusconi’s original trial court and upheld in a first appeal, should be reduced to three years, Prosecutor Antonio Mura said late yesterday as he wrapped up his case at Italy’s top court in Rome. Mura, who spoke for more than four hours before a five-judge panel, said the conviction was valid and urged the court to uphold it.