Berlusconi begins community service

CESANO BOSCONE, Italy (AP) — Former Premier Berlusconi has arrived at a facility for Alzheimer's patients to begin his first four-hour community service stint as part of a tax fraud sentence.

Berlusconi entered the Sacra Famiglia center at the appointed hour Friday without comment to the dozens of journalist outside, and was escorted inside by an administrator.

The three-time former premier was ordered to perform four hours of community service a week for a year, after his four-year prison sentence was reduced to one by a general amnesty.

Berlusconi says he has been studying treatments for the disease in order to better assist patients. Sacra Famiglia's director has said his integration into the routine will be gradual, with a period of observation and acclimation with the needs of Alzheimer's sufferers for the initial sessions.

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