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League leader 'kept grip' books, Senator tells prosecutors

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Rome, February 5 - A Northern League Senator told
Rome prosecutors investigating a financial scandal that the
party's leader Roberto Maroni personally followed the procedures
for the use of the group's funding.
Piergiorgio Stiffoni said that Maroni made it his
"practice not to communicate year-end numbers" to other party
members.
Maroni, as the League's whip in the House in 2006,
"believed that the management (of party books) was up to him,"
Stiffoni told investigators during questioning last November.
Stiffoni, who had a role in party administration, has been
under investigation for more than a year as prosecutors probed
the illegal use of party funds.
He was charged with embezzlement in January.
Investigators are further probing transferred party funds
to personal accounts resulting in the alleged misappropriation
of more than 955,000 euros.
Investigators had previously accused members of the
scandal-hit Northern League of using public party funds to buy
diamonds worth 400,000 euros and gold bullion worth 200,000
euros.
The accusations were part of an investigation into former
League treasurer Francesco Belsito for allegedly channelling
public funds to the family of ex-leader Umberto Bossi, who
stepped down at the beginning of April 2012.
Belsito is accused of buying the jewels along with former
Senate deputy speaker Rosy Mauro, expelled from the party in
April, and Stiffoni.
Probes were also launched into Northern League activities
by investigators in Milan, Naples, Reggio Calabria, Reggio
Emilia, and Genoa.

Photo: Piergiorgio Stiffoni

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