Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wipes his face on a television show in Rome in this February 20, 2013 file photo.

Rome - An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns.

Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts in March for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute, can appeal the conviction which would suspend the sentence under Italian law. - Sapa-AFP