Mafia paid judge €250k bribe to 'fix' murder case

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Antonio Iovine was caught in 2010 after 14 years on the run. Photo: Roberto Salomone/AFP
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A high-profile mafia boss allegedly paid a judge and a lawyer €250,000 to "fix" the outcome of a double murder trial, which he has claimed was part of a system of bribes at the Naples court of appeal.

Antonio Iovine, a powerful boss of the Casalesi mafia clan, told investigators that the bribe was paid to guarantee his acquittal at the court, Tgcom24 reported on Wednesday.

It was part of a “structure that twisted around the Naples courthouse,” Iovine was quoted in Tgcom24 as saying.

The mafia boss was let off from the charges, relating to a double murder in Caserta, although later confessed to the crime.

The prosecutor’s office in Rome has opened a case file to investigate Iovine’s claims, Tgcom24 reported.

The allegations of corruption is one of a number of revelations expected to come from Iovine, who authorities said last month had turned state witness.

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Known as the mafia clan’s “finance minister”, Iovine spent 14 years on the run before being captured in November 2010. He is one of the most high-profile Italian criminals to turn state witness.

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