Strong chance Italy's Berlusconi will request pardon: lawyer

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By Barry Moody ROME (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi is likely to request an official pardon for a tax fraud conviction, his lawyer said on Wednesday, after President Giorgio Napolitano warned his party to stop its threats to bring down Italy's government over the sentence. Napolitano issued a long-awaited statement on Tuesday night on Berlusconi's definitive conviction by the supreme court on August 1 which risked tearing the fractious left-right coalition government apart. ...