Rome ex-mayor Alemanno probed in Italy Mafia case

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image captionRome police are investigating suspected fraud in local government contracts

Italian police have made 37 arrests and searched the home of Rome's former mayor Gianni Alemanno in a major anti-Mafia operation.

Police seized documents at local government offices in the capital Rome and surrounding Lazio region.

Mr Alemanno, a former right-wing ally of ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is among 100 suspects in the corruption investigation, Italian media report.

Fraud and money-laundering is suspected in connection with public works.

Police also seized assets worth 200m euros (£159m; $258m) in the operation.

Among those arrested on Tuesday was Massimo Carminati, a former member of an outlawed far-right group called NAR (the Armed Revolutionary Nuclei).

NAR members were implicated in the notorious bombing of Bologna train station in 1980, which killed 85 people.

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