Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

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Photo - FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo Silvio Berlusconi attends the launch of a book "Sale, zucchero e caffe'" (Salt, Sugar and Coffee) by journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome. A Milan court Tuesday, April 14, 2014 has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service for his tax fraud conviction at a center for the elderly. The assignment curtails Berlusconi's ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign , a point of contention among his political allies. The 77-year-old, three-time former premier cannot run due to the conviction, the first against him ever confirmed by Italy's high court, but remains a political force as head of Forza Italia. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Files)
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo Silvio Berlusconi attends the launch of a book "Sale, zucchero e caffe'" (Salt, Sugar and Coffee) by journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome. A Milan court Tuesday, April 14, 2014 has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service for his tax fraud conviction at a center for the elderly. The assignment curtails Berlusconi's ability to participate in the upcoming European election campaign , a point of contention among his political allies. The 77-year-old, three-time former premier cannot run due to the conviction, the first against him ever confirmed by Italy's high court, but remains a political force as head of Forza Italia. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Files)
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ROME (AP) — 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 center 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 said the decision "actually pleased me because in my life I have always" tried to be supportive.

He added: "I'll more than gladly try to be useful" at the center.

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