Sicilian TV host probed for extortion

Palermo (Italy), May 4 (IANS/AKI) Pino Maniaci, the owner and presenter of a TV station renowned for fighting the Sicilian mafia, is under investigation for extorting money and employment from local officials, police said on Wednesday.

Maniaci, director of Telejato, has been barred from the provinces of Palermo and Trapani under a probe by anti-mafia investigators, police said.

He threatened local officials that his TV campaigns would get them sacked, demanding cash and even a local health service job for his girlfriend, investigators said.

“If they don’t do what I say, I’ll send them packing,” Maniaci is heard saying in a police wiretap.



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