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Rome mayor to be heard by prosecutors in bus graft probe

Alemanno says he looks forward to clearing his name

Rome mayor to be heard by prosecutors in bus graft probe

Rome, March 27 - Roman Mayor Gianni Alemanno told journalists on Wednesday that he was looking forward to clearing his name in a graft probe that saw the arrest of the former CEO of the company that runs the historic EUR district in Rome. Alemanno is to be heard by prosecutors in a case regarding alleged pay-offs made on city bus contracts. The ex-CEO of EUR , Riccardo Mancini, is suspected of accepting a bribe of 500,000 euros from leading bus-maker Breda Menarini to supply Rome with 45 buses. "To be heard in the prosecutor's office will be liberating because finally there will be the possibility of facing the justices and completely clarifying my position," Alemanno said. "I have nothing to do with this event and my conscience is in place. Thus I look forward to speaking in the prosecutor's office with justices to clarify my position and to give my version of the facts". Mancini has been described in the press as having extremely close ties to the mayor. Alemanno slammed press reports on Wednesday, characterizing many as defamatory and slanderous. In addition to Mancini, the former CEO of Breda Menarini, Roberto Ceraudo, as well as at least five other people are also under investigation in the probe.

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