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Naples corruption probe targets politicians

Naples corruption probe targets politicians
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A string of Italian politicians and businessmen have been arrested following an anti-corruption probe in the southern Italian city of Naples. In the latest sleaze scandal to hit Italy, police arrested 13 people suspected of fixing contracts for public housing and road works.

The case centres around businessman Alfredo Romeo and his firm Global Services which tendered several bids worth around 400 million euros. Two members of parliament, a police officer and two local councillors are also implicated in the inquiry. The Mayor of Naples Rosa Russo Jervolino said: ‘‘The courts decision concerns the two assistants Di Mezza and Laudadio and I have to immediately suspend them.” Another local councillor, Giorgio Nugnes was also targeted. Nugnes, who committed suicide in November, had previously been accused of instigating violence in the city’s rubbish crisis earlier this year. The scandal, comes a day after a 15 million euro bribery probe, which involved oil-drilling contracts in southern Italy.