Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Justice minister says anti-corruption law must move ahead

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 15 - Italian Justice Minister Paola
Severino said that the government must push ahead to approve a
proposed anti-corruption law currently stalled in parliament by
the end of the month in order to "prevent candidates with a
criminal record from entering office" during upcoming elections.
Speaking on Sky Tg24 news Sunday evening, Severino said
that corruption in Italy is as bad as it was 20 years ago,
referring to the Tangentopoli (Bribesville) scandal that toppled
Italy's old political guard in the early 1990s.
The measures would prevent those from entering government
who could "bring a virus that could spread," Severino said.
Former Milan chief prosecutor Gerardo D'Ambrosio who was a
major figure in Tangentopoli and Clean Hands trials said Monday
in an interview with the La Stampa daily that if passed, the law
"may not be the best, but at least it will start to change
something".
"This is the first time a government has tried to
seriously strike down one of the saddest phenomenons in our
country," D'Ambrosio said about the anti-graft law proposal.
Severino is part of Premier Mario Monti's non-elected
government appointed in November 2011 to replace outgoing prime
minister Silvio Berlusconi amid a peak in the euro crisis.
Italy has been hit by a wave of regional corruption
scandals including Sicily, Molise, Calabria, Campania, Lazio -
where the governor was forced to quit - and Lombardy where
Governor Roberto Formigoni is under pressure to resign.

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