Ex-mayor of Lampedusa jailed for corruption

Bernardino De Rubeis, the former mayor of the southern island of Lampedusa, has been jailed for five years and three months and disqualified from public office for life after being found guilty of corruption.

Ex-mayor of Lampedusa jailed for corruption
Ex-Lampedusa mayor Bernardino De Rubeis (R) is pictured here with former PM Silvio Berlusconi during a trip to Lampedusa in 2011. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The court in Agrigento also found him guilty of bribery and abuse of office following an investigation into bribes exchanged for the illegal disposal of waste and extortion to obtain payments, Italian media reported.

Former officials Salvatore Caffo and Alfonso Averna each received suspended sentences of one year and one month, while former city councillor Santino Brischetto was acquitted. 

Lampedusa, off Sicily, is the landing point for thousands of immigrants from North Africa.

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