Designers Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce (R)
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Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax evasion

19 June 2013 Last updated at 17:40 BST

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to jail in Italy for one year and eight months for tax evasion.

They were accused of hiding millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

The pair, whose customers have included Madonna, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue, were not at the trial, deny the charges and have appealed.

Dolce and Gabbana have not commented on their sentences, which have been suspended pending their appeal.

Alan Johnston reports.