Former Berlusconi minister arrested by antimafia police

Antimafia police in the southern city of Reggio Calabria said Scajola had been arrested over his links with Amedeo Matacena

Former Berlusconi minister arrested by antimafia police

World Bulletin/News Desk

Italian police have arrested Claudio Scajola, industry minister in the last government of ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in an investigation into a former party colleague convicted of mafia association, authorities said on Thursday.

Scajola was forced to resign in 2010 over accusations that he bought a luxury flat with the help of a businessman arrested over corruption charges, but was cleared of wrongdoing by a court earlier this year.

Antimafia police in the southern city of Reggio Calabria said Scajola had been arrested over his links with Amedeo Matacena, a Calabrian businessman and former lawmaker from Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia party.

Matacena, convicted over links to 'Ndrangheta, the powerful Calabrian mafia, is currently a fugitive from justice, the DIA antimafia unit said in a statement that did not elaborate on the specific accusations against Scajola.

It said police were now searching properties across Italy and had seized assets worth around 50 million euros ($69.61 million).

No comment was immediately available from Scajola's lawyer.

Last month Marcello Dell'Utri, another of Berlusconi's inner circle, was arrested in Lebanon. He had been declared a fugitive from justice after leaving Italy before a court was due to deliver a final verdict on charges of mafia collusion.

Last Mod: 08 Mayıs 2014, 11:35
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