May.10 - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi completes his first stint of community service at an old people's home, a punishment for tax fraud. Sarah Toms reports.
The world's media camped out at this centre for Alzheimer's patients in a small Italian town on the edge of Milan. They're waiting for a glimpse of Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on the first day of his community service -- part of a punishment doled out for tax fraud. The four time prime minister initially received a four year jail sentence but that was commuted to one year's community service. Berlusconi, who's 77 himself, will spend at least four hours here a week. But not everyone's pleased to see him. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) UNNAMED VOLUNTEER WHO WORKS AT THE OLD PEOPLE'S HOME, SAYING: ''I am a volunteer at this institution. I feel that all this hype about the arrival of Berlusconi is far too exaggerated. He is not coming here because he wants to help the people affected by Alzheimer's disease, he is here because he has been forced to come.'' After a few hours caring for the elderly, he left sparing a smile for journalists on the way out. Berlusconi -- a billionaire -- has been embroiled in a string of court cases but he denies the charges. He was stripped of his seat in the Senate and barred from holding public office for two years. But he still remains a major influence on Italian politics.