Italian PM avoids parliamentary embarrassment
Rome: Italian parliamentarians voted on Thursday against allowing the arrest of a former aide of Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti on corruption charges, sparing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi a potentially embarrassing defeat in the Lower House.
Naples magistrates had sought to lift the parliamentary immunity of Marco Milanese, until recently one of Tremonti`s closest aides, who has been accused of corruption and peddling influence.
A vote to allow his immunity to be lifted would not have had any direct effect on the government but it would have been a severe embarrassment and increased uncertainty already surrounding the fractious centre-right coalition.
Tremonti is not implicated in the allegations against Milanese but he has been badly damaged by the case and has admitted "mistakes" in paying EUR 1,000 (USD 1,370) a week in cash to rent a flat from his former aide.
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