Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was on Tuesday told to spend a year performing community service among the elderly as his sentence for committing tax fraud at his media conglomerate. The 77-year-old has been spared going to prison due to his advanced age.
The former premier, who has dominated Italy’s political scene for two decades, will see his movements restricted just as his center-right party gears up for elections to the European Parliament next month.
The billionaire media tycoon was convicted last year in a complex case involving overpayments at his Mediaset television company. In November, he was expelled from the Italian Senate because of his legal problems, despite a vigorous campaign to persuade fellow senators to let him remain.
He was handed a four-year prison sentence for the fraud conviction, which was reduced to one year as part of Italy’s efforts to relieve overcrowding in its jails.