Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Calabria politicians under house arrest in mafia probe

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(ANSA) – Cosenza, November 15 – Italian police on Thursday
arrested two local politicians on suspicion of corruption and
mafia association in connection with their election to the
Cosenza provincial council in 2009.
Umberto Bernaudo and Pietro Paolo Ruffolo of the
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) were placed under house arrest
following an investigation linking them to a presumed local
'Ndrangheta mafia boss.
Specifically the two politicians are suspected of
interfering in the management of a municipal-service company in
favour of Michele Di Puppo, thought to be a key player in the
Lanzino-Presta-Di Puppo gang, in exchange for electoral support
while serving respectively as mayor and town councillor of the
municipality of Rende.
Bernaudo and Ruffolo are already under investigation for
alleged external support to mafia association, corruption and
vote-buying.

photo: Umberto Bernaudo

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