A court in Milan has banned Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former Prime Minister, from holding public office for two years, following his conviction for tax fraud.
However, the ban must be approved by Parliament before taking effect.
Earlier this month, a cross party panel of Italian Senate recommended his expulsion from the Chamber.
Berlusconi had threatened to topple the coalition government over the issue but back down during a confidence vote.
If he is expelled from the Senate, he will lose his parliamentary immunity from prosecution in a string of criminal cases.
He will also spend a year under house arrest or doing community service –his preferred option according to a request he formally submitted last week.