Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi gets 4-year prison term for tax fraud

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi calls sentence "political"

He is likely to appeal the sentence handed down by a Milan court

He resigned as prime minister in November over his country's debt crisis

Berlusconi has survived a series of legal cases over the years

Rome CNN  — 

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has survived political, corruption and sex scandals over the years, but on Friday, a Milan court sentenced the flamboyant politician to four years in prison for tax evasion.

Berlusconi, who is likely to appeal, called it an “unacceptable political sentence” in an interview that aired on CNN affiliate TGCOM24.

“I was convinced that I would get acquitted of an accusation that is far from the truth,” he said. “This is a conviction I can easily define as political, incredible and even intolerable.”

He added: “I’m a victim of judicial harassment.”