Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
NAPLES

Camora-linked Cosentino won't stand for election with PdL

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Naples, January 21 - Camorra-linked former industry
undersecretary Nicola Cosentino will not be a candidate in the
upcoming elections for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL), Luigi Cesaro, president of the province of
Naples, confirmed Monday.
"Cosentino gave up," Cesaro said late Monday afternoon.
"It was a painful exclusion," from the PdL electoral lists.
Cosentino, a PdL heavyweight in the Campania region around
Naples and former party leader there, had reportedly been
resisting pressure not to run as part of Berlusconi's efforts to
present clean tickets.
Cosentino has been indicted for allegedly helping the
Casalesi clan of the Camorra invest in a shopping mall near
Caserta.
Prosecutors allege he was the "national reference point" of
the Casalesis, who come from the Campania town he was born in,
Casal di Principe.
Cosentino denies wrongdoing and Berlusconi has described
the case against him as an example of alleged judicial
persecution.
The Casalesis are the Camorra clan whose death threats have
forced anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano into round-the-clock
police protection.

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