Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Basilicata deputy governor quits over mafia probe


Potenza, November 9 - Basilicata Deputy Governor
Agatino Mancusi quit on Friday after being put under
investigation by prosecutors in the southern city of Potenza for
alleged mafia association.
Mancusi, who was also the infrastructure executive
councillor in the regional government, expressed "amazement and
profound bitterness" about the probe and said he had "always
acted with total morality".
The politician, who is a member of the centrist UDC party,
said he resigned out of "respect for the institutions".
According to local press reports, the probe revolves around
allegations Mancusi made contact with members of organised crime
gangs in order to have help in an election campaign several
years ago.
Basilicata Governor Vito De Filippo said he was confident
his deputy would clear his name.
"Certain that Basilicata will be able to continue to count
on his effective contribution, I give Agatino Mancusi my sincere
best wishes, confident that he will be able to clarify the
unbelievable affair he has been linked to in the shortest
possible time," said De Filippo, a member of the centre-left
Democratic Party.
A series of corruption scandals has hit parties on many
parts of Italy's political spectrum in recent months.
Two of these caused regional administrations led by
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party to
collapse in Lazio and Lombardy.

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