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Mayor of Battipaglia arrested for suspected Camorra deals

Probes into contract rigging and office abuse for city chief

Mayor of Battipaglia arrested for suspected Camorra deals

Naples, May 8 - The mayor of the Campania city of Battipaglia was arrested Wednesday morning for suspected contract rigging as part of broader investigations into Camorra mafia dealings in the southern region. Investigators believe that Mayor Giovanni Santomauro granted city contracts to companies linked to the powerful Casalesi clan. Charges against the mayor could include bid rigging, bribery and aggravated abuse of office, investigators said. Building contractor Nicola Madonna was also arrested, suspected of illegally obtaining contracts from the city of Battipaglia worth five million euros. The Casalesis are the Camorra clan whose death threats have forced anti-mafia writer Roberto Saviano, author of the 2006 bestseller Gomorrah, into round-the-clock police protection.

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