Mayor of Venice Released From House Arrest Thursday

By: Staff
By: Staff

Venice's mayor is back at work a week after being arrested in a wide-ranging corruption probe related to construction of underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding.

The mayor is accused of illegal campaign funding.

Mayor Giorgio Orsoni has denied any wrongdoing and has told reporters that he was unaware that any donations to his campaign were illegal. He was released from house arrest Thursday amid reports of a plea bargain agreement.

Orsoni was of more than 30 people arrested in a sweeping investigation alleging that the consortium building the underwater barriers amassed a 25-million-euro ($34 million) slush fund abroad to bribe officials and politicians.

The government is expected to enact new measures Friday to tackle endemic corruption.

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