4 arrests inc councillor for Foggia graft

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(ANSA) – BARI, FEB 10 – Italian police on Wednesday arrested
four people including a city councillor in a probe into alleged
bribes in exchange for services at the city council in the
Puglia city of Foggia.
    The councillor was placed under house arrest, as were a council
functionary, a local businessman, and a retired doctor.
    The councillor was named as 66-year-old centre-right politicians
Bruno Longo.
    He allegedly obtained a bribe of 35,000 euros to have some
invoiced from the council paid out to the Web service
businessman, 57-year-old Luigi Panniello.
    The other arrestees were retired doctor Antonio Apicella, 70,
and Antonio Parente, 54, an informatics clerk on the city
    The alleged bribe was paid out in three tranches between 2018
and 2019 by an information technology firm in Campobasso, police
    The centre-left opposition ion the council said the affair was
so serious it warranted the resignation of the centre-right
mayor and his administration. (ANSA).


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