Berlusconi party MP probed in mafia sweep

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Senator Piero Aiello is reportedly under investigation by the Italian police. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
12:21 CEST+02:00
A senator from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party is under investigation as part of an anti-mafia operation in the southern Calabria region.

Senator Piero Aiello is reportedly part of a wider investigation which led to 65 arrests this morning, ANSA news agency reported.

The senator is accused of buying votes with the help of the mafia.

The anti-mafia sweep has involved businessmen, politicians and lawyers, police spokesman Mario Viola told AFP.

A Calabrian councillor and doctor by profession, 57-year-old Aiello was elected to the senate earlier this year.

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The region is home to the 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, one of the richest and most powerful organized crime groups in the world.

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