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Ex-chief of Rome traffic police arrested in corruption case

Accused of illicit role in public bid for accident cleaning

26 February, 15:23
Ex-chief of Rome traffic police arrested in corruption case (updates previous) (ANSA) - Rome, February 26 - The ex-chief of Rome's traffic police on Wednesday was placed under house arrest on charges of corruption and threatening a former Rome mayor while in office.

The Roman prosecutor's office believes Angelo Giuliani had an illicit role in awarding a public contract for street-cleaning services after traffic accidents to the Sicurezza e Ambiente (SEA - Safety and Environment) company. Giuliani also allegedly threatened Gianni Alemanno, mayor of Rome from April 2008 to June 2013, leading up to the former traffic police chief's replacement. Three people associated with the company were also placed under house arrest. The former director-general of State broadcaster Rai, Alfredo Meocci, is also suspected of helping SEA win the contract in his role as a member of an authority on public tenders.

However the public contracts authority said Meocci has not been informed by law enforcement of a probe and insists he is not under investigation.