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Roman artefacts found in raid on ex-Berlusconi minister

'Scajola can explain' says lawyer

Roman artefacts found in raid on ex-Berlusconi minister

Imperia, July 30 - Police searched the home of former cabinet minister Claudio Scajola Tuesday, one of two raids against his client on the same day, his lawyer said. Marco Mangia said the first raid was by police specializing in protecting the cultural heritage of the Savona region of northwestern Italy. They were searching for and found amphorae dating to Roman times. The second search was carried out by finance police, the lawyer said. Mangia said that Scajola can justify to Italy's superintendent of cultural heritage his possession of these ancient objects. "My client has provided explanations and documentation for the superintendent," said Mangia. Giuseppa Geremia, chief prosecutor for Imperia, said the searches relate to an investigation launched in April into illegal financing of political parties. Scajola served as industry minister under ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and is under investigation in other cases, including a real-estate deal in Rome and for alleged corruption concerning Brazilian contracts for Italian defence giant Finmeccanica.

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