ROME (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said a prison sentence against him for tax fraud confirmed by the country's supreme court on Thursday was completely unfounded and that he would push for reforms of the justice system.
The Court of Cassation earlier upheld a lower court's conviction of Berlusconi for the fraudulent purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television empire.
"I never devised any system of fiscal fraud. No false invoice exists in the history of Mediaset," Berlusconi said in a video message following the court's decision.
He said he had been the target of persecution by magistrates ever since his entry into politics two decades ago but would continue his political struggle and strive for reforms of the justice system.
(Reporting By Catherine Hornby)