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Prosecutor Dambruoso asks leave of absence for elections

Follows colleagues Grasso and Ingroia stepping into politics

Prosecutor Dambruoso asks leave of absence for elections

Rome, December 27 - Former anti-terrorism prosecutor Stefano Dambruoso has applied for a leave of absence from his judicial work in order to run in the upcoming February general elections, the second top Italian magistrate to announced such a move on Thursday. Dambruoso's leave of absence request is expected to be evaluated by judicial authorities after the holidays, on January 7. Dambruoso in October adhered to Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo's Italia Futura movement that is fielding candidates in the February 2013 general elections. Montezemolo is part of a group of centrist business and political leaders that expressed full support for outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti's reform agenda earlier this month. Earlier in the day Italian anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso said he hoped to stand as a candidate with the center-left Democratic Party (PD) under Pier Luigi Bersani. His application for a leave of absence will also be examined by judicial authorities in early January. Ex-Palermo anti-mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia last week had announced he was also stepping into politics to lead a coalition of centrist parties.

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