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15 Apr 2014 19:14 GMT | Europe, Italy
An Italian court in Milan 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.
Tuesday's court order also means that 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.
Details of the ruling were not immediately available.
Italian media earlier reported that Berlusconi's lawyers had asked for him to be allowed to do community service one day a week in a centre for disabled and elderly people near his estate outside Milan.
Berlusconi was sentenced last year in the case, which relates to the purchase of television distribution rights by his Mediaset business empire in the 1990s.
He will be spared prison time because of leniency in Italy for those over 70 years of age, and the sentence could be further cut for good behaviour to nine months.
Berlusconi will also be banned from meeting other people with criminal convictions, which includes at least one of his closest associates.
There will also be some limits on his movements, although the conditions are easier than house arrest.
Under normal rules he would not be allowed to leave the borders of the Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital, and will have to seek a special exemption if he wants to travel to Rome for political engagements.
Berlusconi is still figurehead leader of the Forza Italia (Go Italy) opposition party, Italy's main centre-right group, and is leading its campaign for European Parliament elections in May.
Berlusconi claims total innocence of any crime he has ever been charged with and regularly accuses a large part of the Italian judiciary of plotting to exclude him from politics because of an alleged leftist bias.
He is currently involved in two other court cases.
In a trial set to start on June 20, he will appeal a seven-year prison sentence and lifetime ban from parliament for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute and abusing his official powers.
He is also a defendant in a trial for allegedly paying a $4m bribe to get a centre-left senator to join his party in 2006 in a move that helped bring down a rival government.
Former Italian PM says he will remain in politics despite being kicked out of parliament.
Former prime minister calls his expulsion "a day of mourning" for democracy.
Politics, Europe, Italy
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