Former Italian MEP Lara Comi arrested

epa07364813 Lara Comi from the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) listens to the speech of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, 12 February 2019. Conte speaks on the Future of Europe. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

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Lara Comi, a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) party, was put under house arrest by finance police on Thursday in relation to a corruption probe.

Paolo Orrigoni, the CEO of the Tigros supermarkets group, was also put under house arrest while Giuseppe Zingale, the director of Milan’s Afol Metropolitana training agency, was taken to jail.

The arrests were made after investigators opened an a probe that saw 43 liberty-restricting warrants executed in May, with FI’s former coordinator in Nino Caianiello, FI Lombardy councillor Fabio Altitonante and local councillor Pietro Tatarella among the people implicated.

According to the arrest warrant, Comi exploited her public role to obtain “the maximum gain in economic terms” for herself.



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