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De Michelis may lose immunity

VENICE (Reuter) - Magistrates have begun moves to lift the parliamentary immunity of the former Italian foreign minister, Gianni De Michelis, judicial sources said yesterday.

Mr De Michelis, a flamboyant figure who was foreign minister for three years until last month, was told this week that he was under investigation for alleged corruption by magistrates in his Venice fiefdom.

Magistrates have also asked for immunity to be lifted on Carlo Bernini, the former transport minister, and two other parliamentarians who are under investigation in an inquiry into the awarding of public contracts.