Italy ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi to do community service

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Silvio Berlusconi has been fighting court battles for years.

An Italian court has 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.

He was convicted of tax fraud in connection with TV rights purchased by his firm Mediaset.
The alternative to community service had been house arrest. It is not yet clear what form his community service will take.
The billionaire has been embroiled in a string of court cases.
Since his tax fraud conviction last year, Berlusconi has struggled politically, and Forza Italia, or Go Italy!, faces a major electoral test in European Parliament and local elections on May 25.
Polls put Forza Italia in third place behind Renzi\’s Democratic Party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.
Source –  Agencies

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