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Cops arrest Italy mayor over mafia links

Police on Friday detained dozens of people throughout Italy suspected of having links with mafia, including a mayor and five of his councillors.

According to reports, 38 people were arrested in the regions of Calabria, Puglia, Basilicata, Umbria and Campania in a major probe into vote buying and contract rigging, reports Xinhua.
The arrested included mayor of Calabrian town of Scalea, Pasquale Basile, and five of his councillors, suspected of buying votes and granting lucrative contracts to members of Ndrangheta, the powerful mafia that has laid down roots in Italy’s wealthier northern regions.
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