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Carabinieri general, well-known businessman arrested

Ragusa, Bisignani accused of rigging bids at premier's palace

19 February, 11:10
Carabinieri general, well-known businessman arrested (ANSA) - Rome, February 19 - A police chief and a well-known businessman were put under house arrest Wednesday for alleged irregularities tied to the awarding of contracts at the premier's palace. Antonio Ragusa, general in the paramilitary Carabinieri police force, is accused of corruption and bid rigging while he was the head of the Instrumental Resources Department at Palazzo Chigi in 2010.

Luigi Bisignani is accused of tax fraud. He has been a part of similar investigations involving high-ranking politicians over the years. Most recently he was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison in 2012 for leaking sensitive information during an investigation into an influence-peddling case known as the P4 affair.