Mafia Capitale prosecutors indict ex-mayor Alemanno

Rome's ex right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno accused of corruption.

Prosecutors in Rome have sought an indictment for the city's former mayor Gianni Alemanno on accusations of corruption, in connection with the so-called Mafia Capitale trial which opened on 5 November. The indictment does not contain charges of association with the mafia.

The Mafia Capitale trial is the result of a major investigation into a mafia-style syndicate accused of infiltrating city hall, involving politicians, public officials and business people who allegedly helped mobsters to win lucrative city contracts in sectors such as immigrant housing, camps for Roma people, waste management, recycling and parks maintenance.

Prosecutors suspect Alemanno, the capital's right-wing mayor from 2008 to 2013, of receiving €125,000 in illicit funds between 2012 and 2014. They allege the money was funnelled to him in separate tranches by three of the highest-profile defendants in the Mafia Capitale trial.

Prosecutors believe Alemanno received €75,000 in financing for electoral dinners, €40,000 for his foundation, and about €10,000 in cash, the last of which he allegedly received in October 2014, two months before the first wave of Mafia Capitale arrests.

Prosecutors allege that Alemanno received the illicit funds via his Nuova Italia foundation in exchange for "acts running counter to his duties in office".

On 11 December the trial's judge Nicola Di Grazia will rule whether or not Alemanno should stand trial. The ex-mayor maintains his "complete innocence."

The Mafia Capitale trial is currently based at the criminal courts in Prati's Piazzale Clodio but on 10 November is scheduled to relocate to the high security court at the Rebibbia prison in the eastern outskirts of Rome, which is better equipped for handling large groups of defendants.