Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018

Fresh probe brushes Lombardy regional govt


(ANSA) - Milan, October 17 - A fresh probe has brushed the
regional government in Lombardy after Governor Roberto Formigoni
scrapped the executive when scandals peaked in alleged vote
buying from the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia by a regional
The latest probe involves Compagnie delle Opere, the
financial institute of influential Catholic lay organisation
Comunione e Liberazione, one of Formigoni's staunchest backers.
Tax police searched Compagnia delle Opere's offices in
Bergamo near Milan and placed its chairman and deputy chairman
under investigation for allegedly getting Formigoni's
administration to favour a well-known Milanese businessman,
Pierluca Locatelli, in connection with a new asbestos dump.
Formigoni, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People
of Freedom (PdL) party, has called for new elections soon.
The PdL leadership is sending mixed signals about whether he
should carry on, with some heavyweights saying regionalist
Northern League leader Roberto Maroni, a former interior
minister, should step in.
The League has almost as many seats as the PdL in the
regional assembly.
One of its regional councillors is among 14 under
investigation for various cases of alleged graft.
Formigoni is himself being probed for corruption.
Like the others, he denies all wrongdoing.

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