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Italy: 5-star Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi in 'abuse of office' probe

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Italy: 5-star Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi in 'abuse of office' probe

<p>Rome’s first female mayor is under investigation over the appointment of the brother of her former right-hand man, who is currently in custody suspected of corruption.</p> <p>Virginia Raggi, 38, of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, is being probed for abuse of office and false testimony. </p> <p>She said on Facebook that she had received a subpoena related to the nomination as city tourism boss of Renato Marra, the brother of her jailed former aide Raffaele Marra.</p> <p>Renato Marra was later removed from the position.</p> <p>“I’m very serene and I have full confidence in the judiciary, as always,” she wrote.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi receives a summons from city prosecutors over a staff appointment <a href="https://t.co/uPOjn6ypNM">https://t.co/uPOjn6ypNM</a> <a href="https://t.co/vIjCCmRSkc">pic.twitter.com/vIjCCmRSkc</a></p>— Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/824159501582532608">25 janvier 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Raggi’s woes have made headlines in Italy where 5-Star, the country’s largest opposition group, presents itself as squeaky-clean, compared to traditional parties, which have been dogged by corruption for decades.</p> <p>Raffaele Marra, former head of personnel at city hall, was arrested in December on suspicion of corruption linked to a real estate deal in 2013. He denies any wrongdoing.</p> <p>Raggi was elected by a landslide last year after pledging to crack down on rampant corruption. But almost from the start her administration was beset by problems.</p> <p>Nonetheless, opinion polls suggest 5-Star might beat the ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD) at Italy’s next general election, which is due by early 2018.</p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>