Berlusconi definitively convicted for first time

Silvio Berlusconi says ruling is baseless and robs him of political rights.

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FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 29, 2012 Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he arrives at Milan's central train station, Italy. Italy’s top court confirmed Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 Berlusconi tax fraud conviction, and ordered the review of a political ban contained in the sentence that was appealed by the Italian media Mogul. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

ROME (AP) -- Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi says the Italian Supreme Court's decision to uphold his tax fraud conviction and jail sentence is "baseless" and robs him of his political rights.

Berlusconi delivered a nine-minute video statement Thursday, hours after he was definitively convicted for the first time in decades of criminal prosecutions.

The three-time former premier and media mogul appeared shaken and somber, his voice breaking at times.

He said he was the victim of "an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality."

He denounced a decision "which is based on nothing and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights."

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