Ex-Rome mayor gets life ban on public office for corruption

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo former Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno stands during a photo opportunity in Rome. Former Rome mayor has been convicted Monday Feb. 25, 2019 by a Rome court in a corruption and illegal financing case and sentenced to 6 years in prison. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

ROME — A court in Italy's capital convicted a former Rome mayor of corruption and illegal financing Monday and sentenced him to six years in prison and a lifetime ban on holding public office.

Prosecutors had alleged that far-right politician Gianni Alemanno received nearly 300,000 euros ($345,000) in illegal financing through a foundation he ran, thereby skirting political party financing laws.

The court acquitted Alemanno, who was elected Rome's mayor in 2008 and lost a 2013 re-election bid, of mafia association.

Alemanno was allowed to remain free pending the outcome of any appeals. Leaving the courthouse, he told reporters that the "verdict is wrong. We'll surely appeal," and adding, "I'm innocent."

His was one of several cases based on allegations that local mobsters created a Mafia-like clique to win lucrative public contracts and other advantages in exchange for kickbacks to City Hall officials and administrators.

As part of a sprawling investigation the Italian media dubbed "Mafia Capital," prosecutors alleged they unearthed a well-oiled system of corruption that involved politicians from right to left.

During Alemanno's trial, prosecutors alleged that suspected mobsters paid money to the foundation he ran to grease the way for cronies to be appointed to top posts in municipal agencies, such as the one that oversaw trash collection, Italian newspapers reported.

The public contracts mobsters allegedly were eager to infiltrate included those dealing with supplying food and other services for migrants who were rescued from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea.

People also read these

Armenia protests: 70 arrested, including 2...

Apr 21, 2018

Armenian authorities say more than 70 people have been arrested, including two people suspected of...

The Latest: Armenia opposition to demand snap...

Apr 23, 2018

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinian says opposition activists want to meet with the acting...

Armenia's leader quits amid protests, saying 'I...

Apr 23, 2018

Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, has resigned as prime minister after thousands of...

Armenia's parliament rejects protest leader as...

May 1, 2018

Armenia's parliament has rejected making the opposition lawmaker who led weeks of anti-government...

The Latest: Pashinian claims needed 1/3 support...

May 2, 2018

The opposition lawmaker who has spearheaded mass protests in Armenia says all three opposition...

Sign up now!

About Us

24-7 Reporters publishes up-to-the-minute news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our certified reporters are among the most experienced, well-trained and talented across the globe, covering issues resonating progressives in every corner of the world.

Contact us: sales[at]24-7reporters.com