Italy opens corruption probe into Sicily chief, junior minister | Reuters

ROME Italian prosecutors are investigating the president of the island of Sicily, a junior minister and other politicians for alleged corruption involving Sicilian ferry services, legal sources said on Friday.

According to prosecutors in Palermo, the island’s capital, a group of politicians ensured favors for a local ferry operator in return for money and gifts in what prosecutors called “a system where corruption was almost the norm.”

Simona Vicari, a junior transport minister from a small centrist party in Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s coalition, received a Rolex watch from a ferry operator in return for legislation that helped his business, the sources said.

Ettore Morace, the head of the Liberty Lines ferry company, was arrested along with Girolamo Fazio, a former mayor of the Sicilian city of Trapani who is again running for mayor in the city…

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