Berlusconi seeking community service rather than house arrest for his tax fraud sentenceSaturday 05 October 2013 22.18
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will ask to serve a tax fraud sentence in community service, rather than be under house arrest.
The centre-right leader, 77, was found guilty of falsely recording the price paid for television rights by his Mediaset television empire to pay less tax.
He was given a four-year sentence in August, commuted to one year, to be served under house arrest or in community service due to his age.
Lawyer Franco Coppi told the newswire he would present the request to work for social services to a Milan court within a week, and that the details would be agreed afterwards.
Mr Coppi did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the comments.
Community service can embrace a vast range of activities from looking after elderly people and disabled people to helping with housing projects or environmental work.
It was not,however, clear how this might work out for billionaire Berlusconi whom few Italians could imagine cleaning up a park,for instance, or sweeping a pavement.
Mr Berlusconi is appealing separate convictions for paying for sex with an underage girl.
He is also appealing the publishing of a leaked wiretap.
Mr Berlusconi maintains the trials are driven by left-leaning judges to destroy him politically.
On Friday, a Senate committee recommended the billionaire be expelled from parliament due to the tax fraud verdict.
The tax fraud verdict is his first definitive conviction in 20 years of trials.
The vote will need to be ratified later this month by the full Senate for him to lose his seat.