Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

PdL regional councillor arrested over mafia links


(ANSA) - Milan, October 10 - Domenico Zambetti, an executive
councillor in the Lombardy regional government, was arrested on
Wednesday for allegedly buying votes from the 'ndrangheta mafia
Zambetti, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People
of Freedom (PdL) party, is accused of paying two mobsters
200,000 euros for 4,000 votes (at 50 euros each) in the 2010
elections for the assembly of region around Italy's business
capital Milan.
His arrest takes the number of councillors in the Lombardy
regional executive and assembly who are under investigation up
to 13.
They include Governor Roberto Formigoni of the PdL who is
accused of corruption related to health contracts.
Wednesday's development is the latest in a string of
corruption scandals that have hit various parts of Italy's
political spectrum in recent months.
The PdL was already in turmoil over the case of its former
caucus chief in Lazio, Franco Fiorito, who was arrested last
week on suspicion of embezzling public money. That caused caused
Renata Poverini to resign as governor of Lazio last month.
Experts say the scandals have 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
The Five Star movement is vying with the PdL for second
place in the polls, according to several recent surveys.
The 'ndrangheta is a powerful Calabria-based organized
crime syndicate that has laid down roots in other parts of
Italy, especially wealthier northern regions, in recent years.

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