The Supreme Court of Cassation is expected to rule Tuesday on the four-year sentence given Berlusconi after his tax fraud case. If the court upholds the verdict, his prison term and a five-year ban on holding public office, will take effect.
Some lawmakers in Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom Party have threatened to pull its support from Letta's fragile coalition government unless the sentence is overturned. There is also speculation members of Letta's center-left Democratic Party could pull out, unhappy over governing with a partner led by a figure with a criminal conviction, the Italian news agency ANSA said Monday.
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