The Italian political class is holding its breath on August 1, ahead of the Supreme Court of Cassation’s ruling on tax fraud charges against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi’s defense team made its final arguments on July 31, saying there is no “evidence that Berlusconi could have participated in the crime”, Il Corriere writes. Lawyers Niccolò Ghedini and Franco Coppi argued that after the former PM entered in politics 20 years ago, he was no longer involved in the business of his television network Mediaset, for which, according to the prosecution, he illegally purchased film rights.

If two lower court verdicts are upheld, Berlusconi will be sentenced to four years in jail and banned from holding public office for five years.