Italy court hands Berlusconi two-year ban from public office

A Milan court on Saturday ruledthat former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be barredfrom holding public office for two years following a convictionfor tax fraud.
But, since Berlusconi is a senator, the decision will have noimmediate effect and his expulsion from the Senate will dependon a separate vote in the upper house of parliament, expected totake place next month.
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