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Italian Senate debates anti-corruption legislation

Jail term of 2-6 years for misuse of political funds

Italian Senate debates anti-corruption legislation

(ANSA) - Rome, September 27 - Anti-corruption legislation was introduced in the Italian Senate Thursday, promising up to six years in prison for public officials convicted of using political contributions inappropriately. The proposal, an amendment to a larger bill aimed at curbing corruption, calls for a jail term of two to six years for misuse of political funds. Introduced by former premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, the amendment and the legislation overall come at a low point in the Italian politics. Politicians of all stripes have been accused of various forms of corruption. Most recently the PdL has been embroiled in an embezzlement scandal in the Lazio region, which surrounds Rome. The PdL governor of the region, Renata Polverini, stepped down after the PdL's caucus leader, Franco Fiorito, was placed under investigation for embezzlement.

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