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Mafia, exchange vote: candidate for Regionals arrested in Palermo


The candidate in the Sicilian regional center-right elections Salvatore Ferrigno, 62, was arrested during the night by the Carabinieri on charges of electoral exchange between the political and mafia. Ferrigno is a candidate on Raffaele Lombardo’s list of Autonomous People, a list of the coalition that supports the former president of the Senate Renato Schifani in the race for the presidency of the Sicilian Region. The boss Giuseppe Lo Duca and Piera Lo Iacono are also in handcuffs. The latter, according to investigators, would have acted as an intermediary between the politician and the Mafia bosses. The investigation was coordinated by the deputy prosecutor Paolo Guido. According to the accusation, the candidate, from Carini (Palermo), promised favors and money to the exponent of Cosa Nostra in exchange for votes. To ‘frame him’ there would be several environmental interceptions, even a few days ago.The investigation was born from an investigation by the carabinieri of the investigative unit of Palermo on the mafia clans in the province of Palermo. The alleged agreement between Ferrigno and the Cosa Nostra bosses also emerged in recent days, from a series of wiretaps and photographs that would have been taken during the shadowing of the politician and aspiring deputy. Ferrigno had been elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2006 for Forza Italy in the Italian constituency abroad ‘North and Central America’: for over 40 years in fact he has lived abroad where he is an insurance broker. There are many Carinesi who moved to the United States in the 1950s. In the past, Ferrigno was also part of the Defense commission and was one of the founders of the association ‘Azzurri nel mondo of California’. In 2008 the then Sicilian governor Raffaele Lombardo appointed him consultant for relations between the Region and Sicilians in the world. From there he approached the autonomists, with whom he ran for the Regionals. Here is the slogan used for this election: ‘Change is now. Courage, let’s begin ‘.



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