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Lombardy case shows democracy violated, says prosecutor


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(ANSA) - Milan, October 10 - The arrest of Lombardy
executive regional councillor Domenico Zambetti shows organized
crime gangs are capable of violating democracy, Milan prosecutor
Ilda Boccassini said Wednesday.
Zambetti, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People
of Freedom (PdL) party, is accused of paying 'Ndrangheta
mobsters 200,000 euros for 4,000 votes (at 50 euros each) in the
2010 elections for the assembly of the region around Italy's
business capital Milan.
Boccassini said the investigation, which led to 20 arrests
on Wednesday including Zambetti's, had showed 'Ndrangheta's
ability to affect "the democracy of the country and the freedom
to vote".
She said the probe had also uncovered evidence that the
powerful syndicate, which is originally from the southern region
of Calabria but has spread to wealthier northern regions in
recent years, contaminated the vote for Milan's city council
last year.
Boccassini said Zambetti became an "asset for the mafia
organization and it demanded favours from him".
An alleged example of this was the fact that Zambetti had
the daughter of an alleged Ndrangheta' boss, Eugenio Costantino,
hired by a regional agency.
Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni said via Twitter that
he had relieved Zambetti of his duties because of the gravity of
the allegations.
Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia said Formigoni, who is being
probed as part of a corruption investigation into health-sector
contracts, should quit in the light of Zambetti's arrest.
"After this latest development, it's not possible to go on
like this," Pisapia said.

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