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Minetti, Bossi Jr implicated in Lombardy embezzlement probe

Ex-regional councillor also in Berlusconi sex procurement trial

Minetti, Bossi Jr implicated in Lombardy embezzlement probe

Milan, December 14 - Ex-Lombardy regional councillor Nicole Minetti of former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party and Renzo Bossi of the right-wing Northern League were among dozens of centre-right politicians to be placed under investigation on suspicion of misusing party funds, it emerged Friday. Berlusconi's former dental hygienist, 27, allegedly spent around 800 euros on food and drink at the five-star Principe di Savoia hotel in Milan. Renzo Bossi, otherwise known as 'the trout' because of his looks, is the son of the Northern League's historic leader Umberto. On Friday Milan prosecutors announced a new corruption probe involving around 40 Lombardy regional councillors representing PdL and the Northern League. The investigation follows on the heels of earlier probes that led to the collapse of the Lombardy executive administration led by Roberto Formigoni, also of the PdL, in October. Lombardy is due to go to the polls to elect a new regional administration early next year. In a separate case, Minetti is on trial in Milan for allegedly procuring prostitutes for alleged sex parties at Berlusconi's private residence at Arcore near Milan. Co-defendants in the case are bankrupt talent scout Lele Mora and former TV anchorman Emilio Fede. Berlusconi himself is on trial in a parallel case for allegedly paying for sex with a then underage Moroccan prostitute known as Ruby and allegedly getting police to release her from custody on an unrelated theft claim. Both Ruby and Berlusconi deny having sex.

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