Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Disgraced ex-member of Berlusconi's party Fiorito arrested

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 2 - Franco Fiorito, the disgraced
former caucus leader of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom
party in Lazio, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of
embezzling public money.
Fiorito was arrested and taken to prison after judges
agreed with prosecutors that there was a risk he could reoffend
or tamper with evidence.
The case, which exploded when Fiorito was put under
investigation earlier this month, caused the PdL's Renata
Polverini to step down as governor of Lazio last week.
Investigators are said to looking at over 800,000 euros of
financial transactions linked to Fiorito.
The scandal is seen by many as a threat to the centre-right
PdL's chances of maintaining its position as the biggest party
in parliament in next year's general elections.
Ex-premier Berlusconi's party currently trails far behind
the main centre-left Democratic Party PD in the polls.
This investigation is only one of a series of recent
corruption scandals that have hit various parts of Italy's
political spectrum, sparking condemnation from Italian President
Giorgio Napolitano and the Catholic Church.
Experts say the scandals have also strengthened widespread
public disaffection with the nation's political class and
contributed to the rise of comedian Beppe Grillo's grassroots
Five Star movement, which is opposed to the present party
system.
The Five Star movement is vying with the PdL for second
place in the polls, according to some surveys.

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