Three Tenors' promoter jailed


Mannheim - A German concert promoter credited with the idea for the Three Tenors was sentenced to nearly six years in jail for tax evasion by a German court yesterday.

Matthias Hoffmann (47) was found guilty of 59 counts of tax evasion. The state prosecutor's office is also investigating the Three Tenors - Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo - suspected of collaborating with Hoffmann to evade £9.5 million in taxes through unreported payments and shell companies in Ireland, London and elsewhere, according to Der Spiegel news magazine.