Expo2015 general manager Paris arrested

Seven accused of corruption and bid rigging

Seven people were arrested on Thursday as part of a probe into alleged bid rigging and corruption linked to next year's Universal Exhibition in Milan, reported leading Italian news agency ANSA today.

The suspects included Expo 2015 procurement planning manager Angelo Paris, Primo Greganti, a former official of Italy's now defunct Communist party implicated in the “Clean Hands” investigation into political corruption in the 1990s, and Antonio Rognoni, former manager of the regional infrastructure company Infrastrutture Lombarde.

This was the second arrest warrant served against Rognoni in less than two months, stated ANSA, after the ex-manager was arrested in late March on charges of criminal association, bid rigging, fraud against the regional authorities and forgery in connection with the outsourcing of legal consulting and contract-control services.

The names of the ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and his former right-hand men Cesare Previti and Gianni Letta also reportedly appeared in the case documents, ANSA sources said, although the three are not under investigation, ANSA said.

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