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Former civil servants ordered to stand trial for corruption

Trial set for September on charges arising from G8, other events

Former civil servants ordered to stand trial for corruption

Rome, May 27 - Several former senior civil servants charged with corruption in contracts for major world events in Italy, including a meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) leaders, were ordered Monday to stand trial this fall. Preliminary hearings judge Maddalena Cipriani set September 30 to begin the criminal trial against entrepreneur Diego Anemone, Angelo Balducci, the former chairman of the state board of public works, and Gaetano Baldini, former executive in the ministry of cultural heritage. The investigation initially began in Florence in 2010, and after an initial transfer to Perugia the probe was assigned to Rome prosecutors. Earlier this year, police seized 12 million euros in goods, including homes, cars, motorcycles, as well as bank accounts and investments belonging to Balducci and his family. Charges stem from misuse of funds for a G8 summit as well as other events including a world swimming meet and the 150th anniversary celebration of the unification of Italy.

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