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South Tyrol party denies sex-toy claims

Freiheitlichen 'has never made improper use of public funds'

11 March, 15:17
South Tyrol party denies sex-toy claims (ANSA) - Bolzano, March 11 - The political party at the centre of Italy's latest expenses scandal on Tuesday denied using public money to pay for erotic toys.

"The news reports do not correspond with the facts," said the South Tyrolean Freiheitlichen after a local newspaper reported that finance police probing the accounts of all parties on the Bolzano provincial council had discovered a receipt for 64.92 euros for the purchase of a vibrator and two other sex gadgets, allegedly presented by the right-wing secessionist caucus as part of its expense claims.

"If Freiheitlichen has done anything illegal this must be announced by the prosecutor's office" and not by the media, the party said in a statement, adding that it had never made improper use of public funds.

Prosecutors began probing spending by the council of the autonomous northern province otherwise known as South Tyrol in January after a member of the council reported an alleged abuse.

The investigation is just the latest in a series of probes involving alleged misuse of public funds by provincial and regional administrations across Italy.