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Lazio regional officials arrested in garbage scandal

Malagrotta landfill crisis triggers criminal investigation

09 January, 11:34
Lazio regional officials arrested in garbage scandal (ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - Police said Thursday that seven people, including a former official from the Lazio region, were arrested in connection with an alleged waste disposal scandal around Italy's iconic city of Rome.

The owner of the Malagrotta landfill near Rome, Manlio Cerroni, and the former president of the Lazio region Bruno Landi were among those arrested in an alleged scandal involving the handling of waste.

They are being held under house arrest.

Several other local businessmen and regional officials were arrested in the investigation and about 18 million euros in assets seized as part of the ongoing probe.

Serious problems in the handling of waste in the Lazio region led the European Union to announce last year that it was taking Italy before the European Court of Justice for failing to resolve the trash situation.

The correct rubbish treatment procedures were not implemented in landfills including Malagrotta and elsewhere in Lazio, according to the EU.

In 2012, rubbish started piling up in Rome's streets in a crisis reminiscent of the problems Naples has had in recent years due to lack of landfill areas around the southern city.

Rome's huge dump at Malagrotta is filled well beyond capacity; however, local administrators, environmental groups and residents unable to agree on an alternative at the time.