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Probes into party fund spending for 52 Piedmont councillors

Investigators suspect money used for sports and manicures

Probes into party fund spending for 52 Piedmont councillors

Turin, May 6 - Investigators began hearing testimonies on Monday for probes into 52 regional councillors in Piedmont suspected of spending party funds for personal use such as manicures and golf equipment. On Monday, regional caucus leader Mario Carossa for the Northern League party was the first called to testify. Carossa was asked to answer questions regarding 29,000 euros of spending in restaurants and bars, as well as car maintenance and sporting equipment. Regional assembly Whip Marco Botta from the right-wing Fratelli d'Italia party submitted a 10-page dossier detailing expenditures but did not speak to prosecutors. Investigators are probing Botta for over 54,000 euros of spending, part of which the councillor said was for "representation services", including tanning booths, manicures and hair cuts. Democratic Party (PD) Regional Assembly Whip Aldo Reschigna will testify on Monday afternoon. Testimonies have been scheduled for the next 20 days by prosecutors. A recent raft of regional corruption cases have hit parties across the established Italian political spectrum in various parts of the country.

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