was attending a rally for his brother's right wing political party when he made the comments - which were greeted with laughter by the audience.
Although Italy's Silvio Berlusconi
resigned in disgrace a year ago, has since been convicted of tax fraud and now faces plunging poll numbers, the media baron is showing he still has the power to put pressure on his successor, Premier Mario Monti.
The court handed Mr Berlusconi
a longer sentence than the three years and eight months requested by prosecutors.
Earlier in the week, Berlusconi
had announced he would not run for a fourth term.
Summary: A Milan court Tuesday refused to indict Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi
in a tax fraud case involving his Mediaset media company.
LAWYERS for Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi
want George Clooney and his Italian girlfriend to give evidence at his prostitution trial.
Italians have gone to the polls in regional elections that are being seen as a referendum on Silvio Berlusconi
, the Italian prime minister.
was reported to have claimed that the Morocco-born el-Mahroug was the niece of then-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
On Friday, she testified as a witness at the trial of three former Berlusconi
aides, TV presenter Emilio Fede, celebrity agent Lele Mora and Nicole Minetti, a local councillor and former showgirl, who have been accused of providing prostitutes for "bunga-bunga" parties.
Fears are growing in Berlin that Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi
may return to centre-stage after this weekend's election, imperilling Rome's reform drive and the euro zone's tentative emergence from its debt crisis.
In his new biography of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
: The Epic Story of the Billionaire Who Took Over Italy(Hachette Books; October 20, 2015), journalist Alan Friedman details Hillary Clinton's original crucial mistake over Libya: Ignoring the advice of the Pentagon and NSC and deciding to support Nicolas Sarkozy in bombing Gaddafi and seeking regime change.
Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi
is now a freed man after an Italian appeals court overturned a lower tribunal's guilty verdict handed down in June 2013.