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Arrest requested for centre-left MP Genovese

Lawmaker suspected of fraud related to training contracts

19 March, 11:45
Arrest requested for centre-left MP Genovese (ANSA) - Messina, March 19 - A judge in the Sicilian city of Messina on Wednesday upheld a request from prosecutors for the arrest of Francantonio Genovese, an MP for Premier Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), in relation to a fraud probe.

The Lower House will now have to decide whether to approve the arrest of one of its members.

The judge also put four people, including three who work with Genovese, under house arrest.

The MP, the former mayor of Messina, is suspected of illegally profiting from contracts for the public financing of training programmes.

He could face charges that include criminal association, money laundering, embezzlement and fraud.