Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Northern League vows to sue over milk-quota bribe reports

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Milan, January 17 - The leader of the regionalist
Northern League said Thursday it would sue for damages after
reports its offices were searched in connection to a bribery
probe into dairy farmers.
"The League had nothing to do with the searches yesterday,"
said Roberto Maroni, calling any newspapers who said otherwise
"rascals" and promising to sue for 10 million euros.
"Money that we'll give to charity," he added in a Facebook
message.
Police said Wednesday they had searched League offices in
Milan and Turin in connection to an investigation into a dairy
co-op called La Lombarda that went bankrupt with 80 million
euros in debt.
Police suspect managers of the co-op were paying bribes to
public officials and politicians who would intervene on their
behalf to delay fines for exceeding European Union
milk-production quotas.
While some members of the League have been questioned and
had their homes searched, prosecutors specified Thursday that no
politicians or public officials were under investigation, and
that the searches were directed toward a third party.
The League, which has faced a slew of corruption
charges in the last year, were instrumental in putting off
milk-quota fines when the party was a key political ally to
Silvio Berlusconi during his last term in office, which ended in
November 2011.

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