Rome’s City Hall is under close supervision by senior government executives due to an allegation that organised crime has deeply rooted in the local government.
A scandal dubbed “Mafia Capital” had seen multiple suspicions of rampant corruption used as an explanation for the city’s unmaintained public services and the inconsistencies of municipal account values.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet decided one of Rome’s 15 districts will be under the direct supervision of the government due to Mafia infiltration. Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino, while not investigated for any wrongdoing, is criticised for his lack of authority over organised crime and crime in general. He will be in charge of the remaining 14 districts.
Marino would not be in charge of the Holy Year celebrations due the following year. The government awards responsibility to Prefect Franco Gabrielli. The Holy Year celebrations is a high-profile, year-long event. Marino has not given his comments to the allegations or the relieve of duty for the Holy Year celebrations.
Marino had said the previous month that the city administration was in a ‘substantially-rotten’ state.
The “Mafia Capital” scandal had put up 59 defendants linked with activities of fraud and exploitation in Rome’s City Hall. They are due to be heard in court on November 5.