Berlusconi says jailing him will lead to 'revolution' in Italy
PARIS (AFP) - Scandal-tainted Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, sentenced to a year in prison for tax fraud, claimed on Thursday there would be a "revolution" in Italy if he was jailed.
The 77-year-old, who lost his parliamentary seat over a conviction for tax fraud earlier this year as well as his parliamentary protection from the law, told Europe 1 radio he was "not scared" of being imprisoned.
"I am sure they cannot do it, otherwise there will be a revolution in Italy," he said in an interview recorded at his house in Rome.
"I think it will be difficult to put me in prison: I will have a large majority in the next elections! And above all, as I am quite old, I am not scared of anything," he said.