Now, it is Italian turn.
Mr. Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, was sentenced to 4 years. It seems that he will be imprisoned only for 1 year due to an amnesty.
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Mr. Berlusconi had occupied the seat of prime minister for a long time. Meanwhile, he was infamous for his impolite behaviors. He was alleged to commit several crimes including mafia collusion, false accounting, tax fraud, and sex scandals.
The highest court judged he was guilty of tax fraud. Some other suspicions are being tried now. Whether he is deprived of his civil rights or not has also not been decided.
There are lots of politicians who were pursued all over the world. Some of them are imprisoned. We tend to think that a politician is familiar to crimes, compared to a citizen. But is it true?
Also in this case, some people claim that this trial is influenced too strongly by the political power. It easily occurs that a politician would try to disgrace others of opposite side with a suspicion of a crime. After the change of the ruling party, politicians occupied the seats in the past will face a danger of arrest. It is obviously harmful to both politicians and citizens.
In my opinion, politicians who committed a crime which was not so cruel need not be imprisoned. Additional levy is adequate against a financial crime. The disgrace itself is so severe punishment for them.