Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
CASERTA

Jailed ex-Berlusconi undersecretary released to house arrest

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Caserta, July 26 - Camorra-linked politician
Nicola Cosentino, who had been held in Naples' Secondigliano
jail since March, was released to house arrest on Friday, his
lawyers told ANSA.
In April, an Italian court on Friday rejected an
application by lawyers representing to revoke two detention
orders against him.
Cosentino, a former industry undersecretary for ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, was arrested
on March 15 on suspicion of collusion with the Neapolitan mafia
for alleged links with the powerful Casalesi clan whose death
threats have forced anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano into
24-hour police protection.
Prosecutors say Cosentino, the former PdL leader in the
Campania region around Naples and former party leader there, was
the "national reference point" of the Casalesis, who come from
his native Casal di Principe.
Cosentino denies wrongdoing and Berlusconi has described
the case against him as an example of alleged judicial
persecution.
However he did drop him from party lists in the February
general elections amid concerns over a possible political
backlash.

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