Venice mayor arrested in corruption scandal

June 4, 2014 3:41 PM

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VENICE, Italy -- The mayor of Venice and more than 30 other people were arrested Wednesday in a sweeping corruption investigation related to the construction of underwater barriers to protect the historic lagoon city from flooding. It was the latest in a series of bribery probes into major public works projects in Italy.

Mayor Giorgio Orsoni was placed under house arrest, accused of illegally financing political parties, prosecutors said. More than 30 others were accused of illicit party financing, corruption and fiscal fraud, among other charges.

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