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Saturday 30 August 2014

Mayor of Venice arrested in corruption investigation

Published 04/06/2014 | 10:00

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THE mayor of Venice and 35 other people have been arrested in a corruption investigation related to the construction of underwater barriers to protect the historic city from flooding.

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Italian financial police confirmed mayor Giorgio Orsoni's arrest today but gave no further details.

Orsoni is being investigated for corruption, extortion and money laundering.

The arrests were the result of a three-year investigation by the financial police that led to the arrest last summer of the head of the consortium building the ambitious but long-delayed system of so-called Moses barriers.

Authorities say €20m was diverted abroad for bribing politicians.

The first of the underwater barriers was installed last year.

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