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CR Sicilian candidate arrested for Mafia vote-buying

(ANSA) – ROME, Sept. 23 – A center-right candidate in Sunday’s Sicilian local elections was arrested Friday for mafia vote-buying.

The man, Salvatore Ferrigno, 62, was charged with paying the Mafia to secure his vote.

A former member of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) party, Ferrigno is currently participating in the autonomous popular vote of former Berlusconi aide and Senate President Renato Sifani, who is running for governor of Sicily. .

Also arrested were Cosa Nostra boss Giuseppe Lo Duca and alleged intermediary Pierra Lo Iacono.

Prosecutors say Ferrigno promised Lo Duca endorsements and cash in exchange for the vote.

This was confirmed by wiretapping from recent days to a few days ago, they said.

The case is part of a broader investigation into Palermo’s mafia clans.

Two other centre-right candidates, Francesco Lombardo and Pietro Polizzi, were arrested for mafia vote-buying ahead of April’s Palermo city council elections.

They, too, were indicted for promising to support the clan in question in exchange for votes. (ANSA).

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