Italian former health minister arrested

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The Independent Online
NAPLES - Italy's former health minister, Francesco De Lorenzo, was arrested yesterday in connection with investigations into massive graft in the national health service, his lawyer said, Reuter reports. He is the first former minister to be detained in the huge Tangentopoli (Bribesville) corruption scandals.

Hours earlier, a judge in Milan ordered a former prime minister, Bettino Craxi, who is facing about 20 separate corruption investigations, to surrender his passport, court sources said. The sources later added that judges had ordered the trial of Mr Craxi and the former justice minister, Claudio Martelli, for fraudulent bankruptcy, in an investigation linked to the 1982 collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano.

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