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Berlusconi associate sought in Italy anti-mafia case

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Berlusconi associate sought in Italy anti-mafia case


A political ally of former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi may be arrested for allegedly having links to organised crime.

Authorities in Naples want Nicola Consentino as part of an anti-mafia operation and have made a formal request for his arrest to the Chamber of Deputies – the lower house of parliament.

Consentino holds a seat in the Chamber, is a member of Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party and was an undersecretary of state in Berlusconi’s administration.

This is not the first time Consentino has been linked with corruption. A request for his arrest was rejected two years ago, and last year wire-tapping evidence against him was forbidden by politicians.

Also under the spotlight for corruption is fellow Naples politician and President of the Province of Naples Luigi Cesaro.

Both men are accused of having links to the Neapolitan version of the mafia – the Camorra.

About 50 other people have already been detained and millions of euros-worth of assets frozen after a police operation called ‘The Prince and the Ballerina’.

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