Three arrested in Basilicata political funds probe

Eight others under investigation

Three arrested in Basilicata political funds probe

Potenza, April 24 - Three politicians in the southern Italian region of Basilicata were put under house-arrest on Wednesday in a probe into fraudulent use of party expenses. Seven Basilicata regional councillors were prohibited from staying in the city of their workplace, the regional capital Potenza, as part the same probe. A former regional councillor was banned from the town of Valsinni, where he holds a political office. Prosecutors said the probe had uncovered "a scenario of widespread illegality". Assets worth 100,000 euros were seized in amounts that ranged from 5,000 to 18,000 euros per individual under investigation. Those facing house-arrest are Work and Education Commissioner Vincenzo Viti, Agriculture Commissioner Rosa Mastrosimone and the regional councillor Nicola Pagliuca. Pagliuca is the Basilicata regional caucus leader of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom Party (PdL). Viti belongs to the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), and Mastrosimone to the anti-graft Italy of Values Party (IdV).

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