Four outgoing Italian deputies arrested as immunity ends

الجمعه 1434/5/3 هـ الموافق 2013/03/15 م واس

Rome, Jumada I 3, 1434, Mar 15, 2013, SPA -- Four outgoing lawmakers were arrested Friday, as their parliamentary immunity ended with the holding of inaugural
sessions in the two chambers of the Italian parliament, following
elections last month, dpa reported.

Nicola Cosentino, a member of Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PDL) party, turned himself in to police in Naples and was
detained in the Secondigliano prison. He is accused of being in
cahoots withe Camorra, the Neapolitan branch of the mafia.

Also in Naples, police placed former PDL senator Sergio De
Gregorio on house arrest on charges of belonging to a criminal
organization, fraud, money laundering and blackmail.

Police also placed under house arrest another outgoing
PDL senator, Vincenzo Nespoli, who is also the mayor of Afragola, a
small town in the outskirts of Naples. He is accused of money
laundering and bankruptcy fraud.

Lastly, Alberto Tedesco, another former senator, was placed under
house arrest on charges of taking bribes while leading the health
department of the regional government on Apulia, in southern Italy,
during his 2005-09 tenure.

-- SPA
20:47 LOCAL TIME 17:47 GMT