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Former Sicily governor convicted of Mafia charge

Lombardo sentenced to six years, eight months in jail

19 February, 18:54
Former Sicily governor convicted of Mafia charge (ANSA) - Catania, February 19 - Former Sicilian governor Raffaele Lombardo was sentenced to six years, eight months in jail by a judge in Catania after being found guilty of colluding with the Mafia on Wednesday.

The judge also indicted Lombardo's brother Angelo, a former MP for his Movimento per l'Autonomia (MpA) party.

The case was sparked by allegations Lombardo did favours for Vincenzo Aiello, a prominent member of the powerful Catania-based Santapaola clan.

Aiello was arrested in 2010 on a range of Mafia charges.

Lombardo quit as governor in July 2012 in light of the allegations, months after he initially said he would step down.

He had been at the helm of the regional government since 2008.

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