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Ex-premier Berlusconi says he's happy court ordered him to aid elderly after fraud conviction

ROME - Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction. The 77-year-old media mogul spoke to reporters Thursday about a court order earlier in the week that he must spend four hours assisting at a centre for the elderly in northern Italy. His four-year sentence for the conviction had earlier been reduced to one year under an amnesty to reduce prison overcrowding. Because of his age, the court had the option of giving him a year's house arrest or ordering community service.

Berlusconi 'pleased' to do community service with needy

Italy's former premier and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday he was happy to do his community service in a centre for disabled and elderly people and would do his best to be helpful. "The court has obliged me to dedicate part of my time to people in need. I'm actually pleased because in my life I have always helped people," Berlusconi told journalists at a press conference in Rome to launch his centre-right party's EU election campaign.

Berlusconi ordered to do community service for tax conviction

By Ilaria Polleschi and Silvia Aloisi MILAN (Reuters) - A court on Tuesday ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The Milan court ruled Berlusconi, one of Italy's richest men, must spend at least four hours a week in an old people's home for one year.

Berlusconi lawyers pleased with community service ruling

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian court ruling ordering former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to do community service once a week at a center for the elderly is "satisfactory" given the center-right politician's need to carry out political activity, his lawyers said. "The decision of the Milan court appears to be balanced and satisfactory with regards to Berlusconi's political activity needs," lawyers Franco Coppi and Niccolo Ghedini said in a statement on Tuesday.

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported. Berlusconi will have to respect a curfew and will be limited in his movements in a further humiliation for the 77-year-old, who has been expelled from parliament and is banned from running in elections for six years. dt/cc

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service in an old person's home in a symbolic but humiliating punishment for tax fraud. The flamboyant 77-year-old media magnate will have to work at the centre "one day a week and for not less than four hours", Milan judge Pasquale Nobile De Santis said in his ruling published by Italian media.

Prosecutor, defense urge community service for Berlusconi

By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Both the prosecution and defence have asked a Milan court to order former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, judicial sources said on Thursday. The judge told reporters after the first day of hearings that the court would decide in 5-15 days what kind of punishment the center-right leader will receive.

Prosecutor says Berlusconi sentence should be community service

MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan prosecutor on Thursday recommended that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, as requested by Berlusconi's lawyers, a judicial source said. Lawyers for the media tycoon earlier asked for their client to serve his sentence helping out in a home for the disabled.

Berlusconi braces for humiliating court hearing

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi braced for a humiliating court hearing on Thursday that will result in the three-time former prime minister temporarily losing freedom of movement although avoiding prison time. The court in Milan has to issue its ruling by April 15, deciding whether the disgraced billionaire tycoon will do community service or be placed under house arrest following a conviction for tax fraud last year.

Italy ex-PM Berlusconi in hospital with swollen knee

By Sara Rossi MILAN (Reuters) - Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spent the night in a Milan hospital to have tests on a swollen knee, sources said on Friday, confirming reports in the Italian media. The 77-year-old billionaire media magnate checked into San Raffaele hospital on Thursday evening, the sources close to the situation said, without giving further details on his condition.
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