Italy passes anti-Mafia law

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The Independent Online
ROME (Reuter) - The Italian parliament passed a package of tough anti-Mafia measures aimed at strengthening the state's hand following the recent murders of two leading judges.

The package, which gives the police wider powers, including the use of undercover 'sting' operations, wiretaps and infiltrators, was approved by an overwhelming majority. The lower house also passed an amendment which means politicians caught buying votes from gangsters could face up to six years in prison.