Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Assets worth 1.3 million seized from Fiorito

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 4 - Prosecutors on Thursday seized
more than 1.3 million euros' worth of assets from Franco
Fiorito, the disgraced former caucus chief in the Lazio region
of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
Investigators looking into allegations Fiorito embezzled
public money have said that roughly this amount of party money -
1.38 million euros - was diverted by Fiorito into accounts in
his name.
A seaside villa, a jeep, a BMW, a Smart car, seven Italian
bank accounts and four foreign bank accounts were among the
assets seized.
Fiorito was arrested and taken to prison on Tuesday after a
judge agreed with prosecutors that there was a risk he could
reoffend or tamper with evidence.
He denies any wrongdoing.
"I shout my innocence loud and clear," Fiorito told ANSA
via telephone.
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.
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 several surveys.

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