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Ex-minister Scajola should get 3 years, prosecutors say

On trial for illicit funding over shady real-estate deal

09 January, 13:19
Ex-minister Scajola should get 3 years, prosecutors say (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - Rome prosecutors on Thursday requested ex-industry minister Claudio Scajola to be given a three-year jail sentence in a trial for illicit funding in connection with a shady real-estate deal.

Scajola, then a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's now-defunct People of Freedom (PdL) party, was forced to resign in 2010 after saying he "did not know" who had paid for his expensive house near the Colosseum in 2004.

The property was allegedly bought by businessman Diego Anemone, who is said to have paid 1.1 million out of a total of 1.7 million euros through architect Angelo Zampolini for the purchase, as well as paying 100.000 euro for renovations. Prosecutors are also calling for Scajola to pay a two-million-euro fine. The ex-minister says that he is innocent.

A ruling is expected this month. The case is part of broader investigations into alleged illegal activities by Anemone that emerged following the 2009 G8 summit in Italy.

The meeting was initially scheduled to be held in La Maddalena in Sardinia before being moved to the earthquake-stricken town of L'Aquila.