Dolce & Gabbana's lawyers have released a statement clarifying the designers position - and stating that, contrary to reports, the pair won't spend any time in jail. The statement reads: "The conviction of the two designers – which in any case is suspended – for which Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana do not risk a single day of jail, relates only to their alleged involvement with the administrator of the Company Gado for not having paid 40 million euros of taxes. We state once again that, sure of their innocence, we will appeal the part of the verdict that see the designers convicted."
For those of you us not familiar with Italian law that means that given Dolce & Gabbana were only given a suspended sentence they won't serve jail time and the whole case is up for two more appeals. So there's a lot more legal wrangling/watching to come.
This afternoon Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were found guilty of tax evasion. The jury met for three hours to discuss the verdict before Judge Antonella Brambilla sentenced the designers, who presented their first collection in 1985, to one year and eight months in prison.
Although they are expected to appeal the decision, last month prosecutors Gaetano Ruta and Laura Pedio demanded that the pair, along with Dolce and Gabbana board member and general director Cristiana Ruella be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.
The case concerns the sale of the Dolce & Gabbana brands to Luxembourg-based Gado Srl in 2004 which Ruta and Pedio alleged was done to avoid paying taxes. They also asked that Dolce's brother Alfonso and finance director Giuseppe Minoni be sentenced to two years in prison, while accountant Luciano Patelli should serve three years for being the main orchestrator of the scheme.
The trial itself started on December 3rd of last year, but investigations by an Italian police force under the authority of the national minister of economy and finance began back in 2008.