Italian politicians held for ‘vote-buying’

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Cosenza (Italy), July 21 (IANS/AKI) Police in Italy’s southern Calabria region on Friday arrested a local councillor and a former mayor in the coastal town of Amantea on suspicion of buying votes in local elections last month and of attempted extortion.

The local councillor, who is a member of the ruling coalition in Amantea, also faces charges of attempted domestic violence, police said.

The two suspects allegedly pressured a local resident to induce his girlfriend and her family to vote for the councillor’s electoral list, warning that if they did not, the woman’s temporary teaching contract at a nursery school in Amantea would not be renewed.

The councillor also told the woman’s parents he would take legal action if they released a recording of a conversation where the alleged threats against her were made, according to investigators.

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Police in the province of Cosenza said made the arrests on the orders of magistrates in the nearby coastal town of Paola.



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