Thursday, October 23, 2014   

Italian former official arrested over graft charge
(07-23 19:15)

Giancarlo Galan, a former minister under the governments of three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi, has been detained in a Milan prison for his alleged involvement into a major corruption probe in water city Venice, local reports said on Wednesday.
"I am pissed off and you know well with whom," Galan was quoted as saying by Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper as he was notified by the police of his arrest late on Tuesday before being moved to jail in the night, Xinhua reports.
Earlier on Tuesday, Italy's lower chamber approved the lifting of parliamentary immunity for Galan for his alleged involvement in the corruption scandal related to MOSE, which broke last month, a multi-billion-euro project to block tidal flows in Venice.
Galan, an MP of Berlusconi's center-right party Forza Italia and the former head of Veneto region of which Venice is the capital, has denied any involvement in the probe.
The investigation, the latest in a string of graft scandals related to public projects in Italy, has led to the arrest of 35 people.
Galan was suspected to have been rewarded 1 million euros per year from 2005 to 2011 for his role in influencing tenders. His defense will present a request for house arrest, one of his lawyers, Antonio Franchini, was quoted as saying by ANSA news agency.   
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