Consumer body wants Berlusconi during community service
Ex-premier likely to present request this week07 October, 13:22
The 77-year-old ex-premier will not have to serve the one-year sentence - commuted from four years because of an amnesty - in jail because of his age, so he has the option of choosing house arrest or community service.
At the weekend one of Berlusconi's lawyers said the centre-right leader is likely present a request this week to do community service, an option which would impose fewer limitations on his political activities.
And NoiConsumatori sees this as an opportunity. "NoiConsumatori is the right place (for Berlusconi) considering the legal and social initiatives we undertake to protect citizens and taxpayers who are the victims of injustice and the economic crisis...and given the experience and capacity of Berlusconi," said Angelo Pisani, the association's head.
"He could benefit from direct experience with the public's everyday problems and in this way he would put himself at the service of the weakest".
Pisani said he would request the judicial authorities to have Berlusconi do community service at NoiConsumatori's offices in Rome, Naples or Milan. Berlusconi has said he will continue his "fight" in the political arena after receiving his first definitive conviction from the supreme court in August following two decades of legal battles.
The three-time premier says he is the innocent victim of a campaign of persecution by left-wing elements in the judiciary who allegedly want to sweep him out of the political arena.
Berlusconi looks set to be stripped of his seat in parliament after a Senate committee voted Friday to put a petition to eject him to the floor of the Upper House.
But this will not stop him leading his party from outside parliament, as comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo has done with his anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).