More assets seized from indicted ex-public works chief

Balducci on trial in September with Anemone

More assets seized from indicted ex-public works chief

Rome, June 7 - Italian police on Friday seized 13 million euros in assets from Angelo Balducci, the former head of Italy's public-works board who is at the centre of a huge contract-rigging case. Balducci was indicted with several others last month in connection with alleged corruption linked to major events including the original Sardinian venue for the 2008 Group of Eight summit, which was eventually moved to quake-ravaged L'Aquila in Abruzzo. It was the second asset seizure for Balducci after one earlier this year which amounted to 12 million euros. In both, homes, cars, motorcycles, bank accounts and investments belonging to Balducci and his family were seized. Balducci was among several former senior civil servants charged with corruption along with prominent Rome construction magnate Diego Anemone on May 27 in connection with contracts for big events, also including the 2009 world swimming championships in Rome and the 2011 celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. Anemone, Balducci and Gaetano Baldini, a former executive at the culture ministry, will go on trial in Rome September 30.

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