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Arrests in new Lombardy health probe

20 under investigation for alleged corruption

Arrests in new Lombardy health probe

Milan, March 12 - Some 20 people have been formally placed under investigation in relation to alleged corruption linked to health-sector contracts in the northern Lombardy region, Milan prosecutors said Tuesday. Seven people have also been arrested in connection with the probe, including three businessmen belonging to a family that owns a company specialising in hospital machinery, the former editor of La Padania, the newspaper of the Northern League, and former Lombardy regional councillor Massimo Guarischi. Meanwhile, police have carried out over 50 searches in Italy and abroad in connection with the probe. Medical facilities involved in the investigations include Milan's San Paolo hospital, the National Cancer Institute and the Cremona local health authority. The probe is the latest in a string of corruption scandals involving the Lombardy regional administration that led the former Lombardy governor Roberto Formigoni to dissolve his executive last October. Formigoni himself is suspected of wrongdoing related to health-sector contracts in one of those cases. He denied any wrongdoing.

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