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Milan mayor back at work after self-suspension over corruption probe

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Milan mayor back at work after self-suspension over corruption probe
Giuseppe Sala. Photo: AFP
17:26 CET+01:00
Milan's centre-left mayor Giuseppe Sala was back at his desk on Tuesday, saying he had been assured he was not seriously implicated in a corruption probe which had led him to temporarily step down.

Sala said a meeting between his lawyers and prosecutors looking into suspected corruption linked to the award of contracts for Expo 2015 had established he was not accused of any abuse of power in his former role as head organizer of the world fair.

"Therefore I'm back at work sure in the knowledge that an accusation of which I am innocent will have no bearing on my role," Sala wrote on his Facebook page.

He did not specify what the accusation was but press reports have suggested it was connected with the retrospective dating of tender documents and suspicious pricing of one of the largest contracts.

Probity in public life is a hot topic in Italian politics at the moment with the opposition Five Star Movement riding high on a populist platform which, among other things, promises high ethical standards for its elected representatives.

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