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83 Sicilian assemblymembers, 14 consultants probed for graft

'Allegedly spent 10 mn euros on jewelry, designer lingerie'

14 January, 19:42
83 Sicilian assemblymembers, 14 consultants probed for graft (ANSA) - Palermo, January 14 - Palermo prosecutors on Tuesday placed 83 Sicilian Regional Assembly (ARS) members and 14 of their consultants and employees under investigation for illicitly spending an estimated 10 million euros in public funds on jewelry, designer lingerie, and stays in luxury hotels.

The embezzlement probe covers the last and second-to-last legislature, finance police sources said. Among those called in for questioning are former Democratic Party (PD) regional assembly whip Antonello Cracolici, who is the current chairman of the ARS institutional affairs commission.

"All the charges are related to my activity as whip. I haven't been charged with pocketing a single euro," Cracolici told the assembly, adding he will explain more in a news briefing Wednesday.

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