Italian Senate expels Berlusconi from parliament over tax fraud conviction

BY News Desk  November 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM EST

ROME — The Italian Senate voted Wednesday to expel ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament after his tax fraud conviction, the Associated Press reports.

The 77-year-old prime minister was sentenced in August to a four-year prison term, which has since been reduced to one year of house arrest or community service, for a tax evasion scheme at his media company Mediaset.