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Prosecutor quits in graft probe

Achille Toro accused of tipping off suspects

17 February, 18:39
Prosecutor quits in graft probe (see previous story on site).

(ANSA) - Rome, February 17 - An Italian prosecutor named in a high-profile corruption probe resigned from the magistrature on Wednesday.

Rome Prosecutor Achille Toro quit after Italy's supreme court asked investigators to confirm claims by suspects that he tipped them off about the probe into alleged graft in public tenders for the construction of the original site of last year's Group of Eight summit in Sardinia.

Toro's resignation is irrevocable because he has been in the judiciary for 40 years, judicial sources said.

The probe involves contracts with Italy's Civil Protection department whose chief, Guido Bertolaso, offered to step down last week.

Bertolaso, 59, was back on the job dealing with disaster relief in southern Italy Wednesday.

Four main suspects arrested in the probe saw their appeals for release denied Tuesday.

They are: the head of the state public works office, Angelo Balducci, 54,; Rome businessman Diego Anemone, 38; the Tuscany region's public works contractor Fabio De Santis, 61; and state official Mauro Della Giovampaola, 44.

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