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After conviction, former Italian PM goes to Kenya

Thursday - 11/1/2012, 11:25am  ET

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrives in Kenya a week after an Italian court convicted him of tax fraud and sentenced him to four years in prison.

Berlusconi arrived Thursday in Malindi _ a fishing and resort village where many Italians live and visit. His arrival was confirmed by Phillip Chai, the manager of the exclusive Lion in the Sun resort.

Berlusconi, who dominated Italian politics for nearly two decades, has seen his image tarnished by sex and tax scandals. Last week a court found him guilty of inflating the price his media empire paid for TV rights to movies from the United States and pocketing the difference. Berlusconi is appealing the ruling.

Chai said Berlusconi traveled to Kenya with Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore.


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