Salerno mayor indicted for real estate corruption

Vincenzo De Luca to stand trial with 22 co-defendants

(ANSA) - Salerno, November 7 - Salerno Mayor Vincenzo De Luca was indicted Friday on charges including abuse of office in connection with the Crescent urban development project by Catalan architect Riccardo Bofill.
    De Luca is also charged with forgery and tampering with public tenders in connection with the complex.
    He will be tried beginning in December along with 22 co-defendants, officials said.
    Businessman Aldo Rainone will be judged in a separate fast-track trial in January on attempted bid-rigging charges.
    "As always, I have the utmost respect for the magistrature," the mayor said when he was served notice of the indictment while at an art opening.
    "I acted solely in the interests of my city".


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