Rome’s mayor weeps as cor­rup­tion trial ends

The Sunday Telegraph - - World News -

Rome’s mayor Vir­ginia Raggi burst into tears yes­ter­day as she was cleared of cor­rup­tion by a court in a trial that could have cost her her job.

Raggi, a mem­ber of the anti­estab­lish­ment Five Star Move­ment who be­came the city’s first fe­male mayor two years ago, was ac­quit­ted of cor­rupt prac­tices over a se­nior ap­point­ment at city hall. She had been ac­cused of mak­ing false state­ments over the hir­ing of Re­nato Marra as her tourism di­rec­tor.

Pros­e­cu­tors claimed it was Marra’s brother Raf­faele – Maggi’s for­mer right-hand man – who got his sib­ling the job.

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