Berlusconi Handed 2-Year-Ban from Public OfficeWorld | October 19, 2013, Saturday // 15:25| views
Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Photo by EPA/BGNES
An Italian court has ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barred from holding public office for two years following a conviction for tax fraud.
Berlusconi can appeal Saturday's ruling and the ban would in any case have to be approved by the Senate, where Berlusconi has a parliamentary seat.
The vote in the Senate is expected to take place next month.
Saturday's ruling reflected the prosecution's request for a two-year ban. Berlusconi’s lawyers had asked for a one-year ban.
In August, Italy’s Supreme Court upheld Berlusconi's conviction concerning a tax fraud scheme involving TV rights bought by his company Mediaset at inflated prices.
It is the first definitive conviction for him after decades of criminal proceedings.
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