Court bans convicted Berlusconi from holding office for two years

Oct. 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

MILAN, Italy, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been banned from holding public office for two years because of his conviction for tax fraud.

The ban, imposed by a court in Milan, must be approved by parliament before it can take effect, the BBC reported Saturday.

A Senate panel recommended earlier this month that Berlusconi be expelled from the chamber.

A vote is expected within the next few weeks.

Should he be ejected, Berlusconi would lose his immunity from prosecution at a time he faces a number of criminal charges.

Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for his fraud conviction. Under a 2006 pardon law, that sentenced was automatically reduced to one year. He also was prohibited from holding public office for five years.

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