Rome and Milan tremble with new corruption allegations

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By Robert Hackwill
Rome and Milan tremble with new corruption allegations

Municipal authorities in Italy’s two biggest cities have come under judicial scrutiny amid corruption allegations.

Raffaele Marra, an aide to Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud in relation to a property deal dating back to 2013.

The mayor, a 5-Star Movement member, and her administration are not implicated.

“Marra was already a manager of this municipality, and we trusted him. We were probably wrong, and I regret this. I apologise to the people of Rome, I apologise to the Five Star Movement and its leader Beppe Grillo, who had raised some doubts,” said Raggi after the arrest.

Since capturing the capital for 5-Star earlier this year Raggi has been plagued with headaches, including resignations and infighting.

In Italy’s financial powerhouse Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala says he is stepping aside after learning he is under investigation.

There are suspicions of corruption around tender bids made for the 2015 Expo in the city.

Sala, who is a member of the ruling Democratic Party, was the expo’s CEO before becoming mayor this year.