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Sicilian president in mafia trial

Sicily’s top official, a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s government coalition, was ordered to stand trial yesterday for aiding the mafia. Salvatore Cuffaro, president of the region of Sicily and a member of the Christian Democrat party (UDC), is one of 12 people who will stand trial from February in a case involving protection and medical care given to the mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, on the run for over three decades, the Ansa news agency said. The case will fuel suspicions that Mr Berlusconi’s centre-right allies cut a deal with the local mafia to ensure control of Sicily. Mr Cuffaro denies the charges.Full Story

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