(ANSA) – Rome, October 31 – Italian Senator Luigi Lusi is set to stand trial for having allegedly embezzled 22 million euros of funds from the coffers of the now-defunct centre-left Margherita party, whose finances he managed before being arrested. Lusi, of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), was taken into custody earlier this year on suspected embezzlement of Margherita funds when he was still its treasurer before the party merged with the reformed rump of Italy's old Communist party in 2007 to form the PD. He was expelled from the PD earlier this year after the corruption scandal exploded. Lusi is also accused of having slandered the president of the Margherita party Francesco Rutelli. His wife Giovanna Petricone Lusi, together with accountants Mario Montecchia and Giovanni Sebastio, will stand trial for possible criminal association.