Top Italian court OKs seizing $57 million from League party

July 03, 2018 - 1:34 pm

ROME (AP) — Italy's top court has upheld a prosecutor's request to seize over 48 million euros ($57 million) from a government coalition party's coffers.

The ANSA news agency reported Tuesday the Rome-based Cassation court ruled there wasn't any reason not to seize the funds as requested by prosecutors in 2017. The order stems from the convictions last year of Umberto Bossi, a former leader and founder of the Northern League, and of a former party treasurer.

The two were convicted of irregularities from 2008 to 2010 in documenting reimbursement for electoral spending. The trial also determined the Bossi family used state funds for personal expenses.

Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini now heads the party, which he renamed the League.

League lawmaker Giulio Centemero decried the ruling, citing the party's "total transparency and honesty."

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