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    Court convicts more than 40 in Rome corruption trial

    ROME — A Rome court convicted dozens of defendants Thursday in a wide-ranging corruption trial that revealed a system of kickbacks and intimidation to gain control of city contracts, but acquitted all of the defendants on key charges of
    Mafia-style association.

    The trial was the first in Italy to unite allegations of corruption with the trappings of organized crime, and the court’s across-the-board rejection of the Mafia-style allegations was a blow to prosecutors’ case, touted by Italian media as ‘‘Mafia Capital.’’

    The court gave the highest sentence to the alleged ringleader, Massimo Carminati, who was handed 20 years in jail.

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    Just one of the 46 defendants, a gas station operator with alleged Mafia ties, was acquitted.

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    Prosecutors say rampant corruption, which involved the management and supply of migrant shelters, sanitation agencies, parks maintenance, and other municipal services, dated back years.

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