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Italy's Silvio Berlusconi ends community service term

Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi on a mobile phone as he leaves the Sacra Famiglia institute in Cesano Boscone, near Milan 06/03/2015 Image copyright AP
Image caption Berlusconi has vowed to return to the care home, although he has completed his community service there

The former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has served his final few hours of a community service sentence for tax fraud.

Berlusconi, 78, has spent four hours a week with elderly dementia patients since May last year.

He told reporters at the care home near Milan where he has been working he intends to "continue the experience" in his free time.

The three-time Italian leader remains embroiled in several legal battles.

He looked cheerful as he arrived for his final visit to the care home.

"The time spent with the sick, with the volunteers, with the health and social workers, has been a moving experience," he said.

Berlusconi was once a cruise ship entertainer and had serenaded residents during his sentence, La Repubblica newspaper reported.

Next week a court is due to review his acquittal for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, which could mean a retrial for Berlusconi.

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