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South Tyrol party probed for sex-toy expense claim

Bolzano council already under scrutiny for alleged funding abuse

11 March, 12:04
South Tyrol party probed for sex-toy expense claim (ANSA) - Bolzano, March 11 - Members of the Bolzano provincial council came under fresh scrutiny on Tuesday after sex toys emerged among expense claims.

Finance police already probing the accounts of all political parties on the council discovered a receipt for 64.92 euros for the purchase of a vibrator and two other sex gadgets presented by the right-wing secessionist Freiheitlichen caucus.

"We need to look into the matter, if it's true, it is not right," said the party's long-standing leader Pius Leitner.

Freiheitlichen represents the German-speaking population in the northern province otherwise known as South Tyrol. Prosecutors began inspecting the accounts of the provincial party caucuses in January after a member of the council reported an alleged abuse.

The probe is just the latest in a series of investigations involving alleged misuse of public funds by provincial and regional administrations across Italy.