Italferr chair and ex-governor of Umbria arrested

Lorenzetti among six in Toscan TAV rail probe

Italferr chair and ex-governor of Umbria arrested

Perugia, September 16 - Italian police on Monday arrested the chairman of Italy's state railroad engineering firm Italferr, Maria Rita Lorenzetti, in a Florence-based probe into Tuscan construction for the TAV high-speed-rail line. "Risk of contaminating evidence" was cited as a reason for holding Lorenzetti in a nearly 500-page arrest order that also called for the house arrest of five others. According to preliminary information, Lorenzetti is suspected of corruption and conspiracy. Italferr chief since 2010, Lorenzetti has always maintained the integrity of her work. The 60-year-old executive and ex-politician served two terms as the governor of the Umbria region, four mandates as a member of parliament, and began her career in politics as one of Italy's first female mayors, elected to the post in her hometown of Foligno in 1984. Lorenzetti belongs to the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). Florence judge Angelo Antonio Pezzuti also ordered the arrest on Monday of Gualtiero Bellomo, member of the an environmental ministry commission; Furio Saraceno, chairman of Nodavia, a company involved in high-speed-rail construction; Valerio Lombardi, an Italferr technician; Alessandro Coletta, a consultant and ex-member of the supervisory authority for public bids; and Aristodemo Busillo of the Roman company Seli, which is managing excavation of the "Monna Lisa" high-speed-train tunnel under Florence.

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