Former Italy PM sentenced to one year community service for tax fraud conviction
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been ordered to perform a year's community service in a home for the elderly.
The sentence follows his conviction last year for tax fraud in connection with the purchase of TV rights by his firm, Mediaset, in the 1990s.
Berlusconi's lawyers said they were satisfied that the ruling would allow him to remain politically active.
Italian media reports say Berlusconi is likely to work one half-day a week at a home for elderly and disabled people near his estate outside Milan.
Berlusconi will be subject to a curfew and banned from meeting people with criminal convictions.
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