Rome's former mayor faces bribery probe
Alemanno says his innocence will be proven09 October, 15:08
Alemanno, who lost a municipal election last spring, is accused of receiving bribes from the Menarini Bus corporation in exchange for ensuring the firm received contracts with Rome's Metropolitane transit system. Alemanno, a former parliamentarian with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, said the probe is old news and that he expects to be cleared of all charges.
"I feel calm and I have confidence in the work of the judiciary," he said in a a statement.
Prosecutors say as much as 600,000 euros in bribes were paid to officials in exchange for contracts involving 45 buses.
The investigation, which began months ago, includes other city and regional officials as well as bus company executives, including Edoardo D'Inca' Levis and Roberto Ceraudo.
Menarini Bus is a division of industrial giant Finmeccanica, which is controlled by the Italian government through the Ministry of the Economy.