Eight probed over 1.25-bn-euro facemask contract

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 17 – Eight people have been put under
investigation in relation to a probe by Rome prosecutors into a
1.25-billion-euro contract COVID-19 Emergency Commissioner
Domenico Arcuri agreed with three Chinese consortiums for the
supply of 800 million facemasks, sources said Wednesday.
    Italian firms that acted as intermediaries in the deal allegedly
obtained commissions of dozens of millions of euros.
    The commissions were not paid by Arcuri’s office, the sources
    Finance police seized 70 million euros in assets in relation to
the investigation on Wednesday. (ANSA).


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