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Trial set in PdL pol graft case

Fiorito trial for embezzling 1.4 million euros set for February

Trial set in PdL pol graft case

Rome, January 8 - An embezzlement trial for a former caucus leader of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party has been pushed ahead to mid-February, the courts announced Tuesday. Franco Fiorito, former PdL leader in the Lazio regional assembly, will go to trial on February 14 on charges of embezzling 1.4 million euros in public funds earmarked for the council of the region where the Italian capital city of Rome is located. In late December, Fiorito was placed under house arrest and at that time, it was suggested his trial would begin in March. Similar charges have also been laid against Fiorito's former chief secretary Bruno Galassi and Pier Luigi Boschi, who will stand trial at the same time as Fiorito. Fiorito was arrested on October 2 for allegedly pocketing over 1.3 million euros in State-subsidized party funds. Fiorito's arrest came amidst a swirl of political scandals and criminal charges across the political spectrum but especially involving the PdL. He had been held in prison for several weeks after he was caught tampering with evidence.

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