Legnano mayor arrested in bribes case

League member among 3 suspects, Di Maio bemoans graft emergency

(ANSA) - Busto Arsizio, May 16 - The mayor of the northern town of Legnano, Gianbattista Fratus, was among three people arrested by finance police on Thursday in relation to a case of alleged bribes, sources said. Fratus is accused of electoral corruption and was put under house arrest, as was the town's public works chief, Chiara Lazzarini, the sources said. But the town's deputy mayor and budget chief, Maurizio Cozzi, was taken to jail, according to the sources.
    The case is a latest in a long series involving the whole Italian political arena, including a big Milan investigation involving Lara Comi, an MEP for former three-time premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party, who has been put under investigation. "It is clear that there is a corruption emergency," said Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-graft 5-Star Movement (M5S).
    "It's a second Tangentopoli," he added, referring to the 'bribesville' scandal that brought down Italy's post-war political establishment in the 1990s. "It hits all the parties and we must stem this problem".