Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian anti-corruption bill passes House, becomes law

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Rome, October 31 - The Italian House passed the
government's long-awaited anti-corruption bill into law on
Wednesday.
The ayes were 480, the nays 19 and 25 abstained.
A key sidebar to the law, which would ban politicians from
seeking office if they had been convicted of a serious crime, is
intended to go into effect "before general elections" in April,
Justice Minister Paola Severino said.
The bill was launched early this month amid a welter of
scandals across the country that culminated in the arrest for
alleged embezzlement of Franco Fiorito, the former Lazio region
caucus leader of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party.
Some have said the string of scandals surpass the early
1990s Bribesville scandals that took down the political
establishment that had ruled Italy since the Second World War.
Under the provisions, heads of public offices must be held
responsible even if they claim not to have been directly
involved in a misdeed.
Penalties are in place for accepting valuable gifts, and
public offices will be subject to random audits from anti-mafia
police.
Public contracts are to be made open and accessible to the
public via an online database.
When hiring managers, public offices must submit the
details of their selection process to the anti-corruption
authority.
The law also includes protection provisions for
whistle-blowers.
Embezzlement convictions will carry a minimum four-year
prison sentence - up from three - and a maximum of 10.
Abuse of office convictions will carry a one-to-four-year
sentence.
An anti-corruption authority will be set up in the public
administration to oversee the provisions and to monitor for such
things as nepotism and cronyism within public offices.

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