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Senate authorises graft proceedings against Matteoli-update


Rome, April 2 - The Senate immunity committee on
Thursday authorized court proceedings against former minister
Altero Matteoli, who is under investigation over alleged graft
related to contracts for Venice's MOSE flood-protection system.
The committee gave the authorisation without voting on the
issue as no one opposed it.
Matteoli, a member of Silvio Berlusconi's opposition
centre-right Forza Italia party, said he wanted the
authorisation granted so he can clear his name.
"I don't want to get out of this case because there was no
authorization to proceed, I want to get out of it by going to
trial and facing justice," the 74-year-old, who served as
environment minister from 2001 and 2006 and transport minister
from 2008 to 2011 in two different Berlusconi executives, told
the Senate.
"I'll defend myself powerfully because I have nothing to
fear. I want to emerge from this with my head held high.
"I want to defend my self at the trial, not from the

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