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Police in Rome arrest Angelo Rizzoli in fraud case

Former PdL minister: arrest of Berlusoni supporter 'barbarous'

Police in Rome arrest Angelo Rizzoli in fraud case

Rome, February 14 - Police on Thursday morning arrested entrepreneur Angelo Rizzoli, accusing him of fraudulent bankruptcy. Rizzoli, accused of a financial fraud worth some 30 million euros, was arrested by the capital's tax police. Following the arrest, companies and real estate assets worth some seven million euros were also seized. Stefania Prestigiacomo, a minister in the previous government of Silvio Berlusconi, pointed to political motivations behind the action, describing it as a "clockwork arrest" against a strong, public supporter of Berlusconi just 10 days ahead of national elections. Pointing out Rizzoli's precarious health conditions, Prestigiacomo - a member of Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party - asked why police had to arrest him, as there was no flight risk. She said the arrest was a "barbarous act".

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