Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
NAPLES

Berlusconi party ex-MP turn self in at Naples jail

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Naples, March 15 - Nicola Cosentino, a Mob-linked
former MP for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(PdL) party, turned himself in at a Naples prison Friday.
Cosentino had been free as parliament voted not to
ratify two arrest warrants relating to accusations of corruption
and collusion with the Casalesi clan of the Neapolitan mafia,
the Camorra.
But his privileges as a lawmaker ended Friday when the new
term of parliament started after the PdL did not include him on
its list of candidates for last month's general election.
Cosentino, a former industry undersecretary, had two recent
petitions for the arrest warrants to be revoked turned down by
courts.
He is accused of corruption, re-using illicit capital and
allegedly helping the Casalesis invest in a shopping mall near
Caserta northwest of Naples.
Berlusconi said in the run-up to the election that he
"regretfully" was forced to drop Cosentino, who is a PdL
heavyweight in the Campania region around Naples, a former
party leader and still a big potential vote-catcher there.
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 into round-the-clock
police protection.
Saviano's 2006 bestseller Gomorrah, Italy's Other Mafia,
was turned into a film that won second prize at Cannes in 2008.

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