Northern League offices searched in milk quota probe
Dairy co-op suspected of bribery, corruption16 January, 13:30
In particular, prosecutors questioned the League's Milan-based administrative secretary Daniela Cantamessa and its Turin secretary Loredana Zola, whose homes were also searched. Northern League founder Umberto Bossi and current leader Roberto Maroni were present at the time of the search in Milan, as were other party bigwigs. Bossi's son Renzo was also reportedly questioned Tuesday. Bossi and the League, which has faced a slew of corruption charges in the last year, were instrumental in putting off milk-quota fines when the party was a key political ally to Silvio Berlusconi during his last term in office, which ended in November 2011. "The League has nothing to do with the investigation," said Maroni. "It regards a company that has nothing to do with the League. They haven't found anything...We're a third party and therefore the issue is closed".
(photo: Northern League founder Umberto Bossi)