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SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE (CASE

Cosentino 2nd release petition fails

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Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Caserta), March 4 - A second
application revoking an arrest warrant for Camorra-linked
politician Nicola Cosentino was rejected by the local courts
Tuesday.
Cosentino's first application was turned down Monday.
Cosentino, a former industry undersecretary for ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, will remain
in jail, accused of collusion with the Neapolitan mafia for
alleged links with the Casalesi clan.
On the first count, rejected Monday, Cosentino was indicted
for allegedly helping the Casalesis invest in a shopping mall
near Caserta northwest of Naples.
On the second count, rejected Tuesday, he was accused of
corruption and re-using illicit capital.
Cosentino, who is a PdL heavyweight in the Campania region
around Naples and former party leader there, did not run in last
week's general election after Berlusconi said he "regretfully"
was forced to drop him.
Prosecutors have alleged that Cosentino 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, author of the 2006
bestseller Gomorrah, into round-the-clock police protection.

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