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Scilipoti, Razzi 'not probed' for corruption

But accounts of Senators who saved Berlusconi checked

Scilipoti, Razzi 'not probed' for corruption

Rome, March 6 - Rome prosecutors have denied that two centre-left Senators who switched to ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's coalition to save his government from falling in December 2010 have been formally placed under investigation for receiving bribes. But the prosecutors said they were looking into the pair's accounts. Domenico Scilipoti and Antonio Razzi, former members of the Italy of Values (IdV) party, were widely accused of selling out when they became part of a group of self-proclaimed "patriotic" parliamentarians who saved Berlusconi's majority after the defection of heir-turned-foe Gianfranco Fini. Scilipoto and Razzi have denied taking money in return for switching sides. IdV leader Antonio Di Pietro, a former Clean Hands graftbuster, filed various legal complaints about the two turncoats at the time. Another former member of the IdV, Sergio De Gregorio, is under investigation in a separate case in which he came forward in December and claimed he accepted three million euros from Berlusconi in 2006 to "sabotage" the centre-left government of Romano Prodi, which fell in 2008. Berlusconi claims De Gregorio made up the accusations. photo: Razzi (left) and Scilipoti

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