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Police investigate ties between Rome gangsters, corrupt politicians over lucrative contracts

In this Dec. 2, 2014 handout photo Italian Carabinieri arrest Massimo Carminati, center, in Rome. Carminati, alleged far-right domestic terrorist in the 1970s, was arrested along with other 36 people in a sweeping probe of ties between gangsters based in the Italian capital and allegedly corrupt city politicians. Dozens of other suspects, including Gianni Alemanno, Rome's previous mayor, were formally notified they are being probed. (AP Photo/Carabinieri, ho)

In this Dec. 2, 2014 handout photo Italian Carabinieri arrest Massimo Carminati, center, in Rome. Carminati, alleged far-right domestic terrorist in the 1970s, was arrested along with other 36 people in a sweeping probe of ties between gangsters based in the Italian capital and allegedly corrupt city politicians. Dozens of other suspects, including Gianni Alemanno, Rome's previous mayor, were formally notified they are being probed. (AP Photo/Carabinieri, ho)  (The Associated Press)

A former Rome mayor has stepped down from posts in his right-wing party after he was put under investigation in a sweeping probe of ties between gangsters and allegedly corrupt city politicians.

The probe netted 37 arrests Tuesday. Dozens of other suspects, including Gianni Alemanno, Rome's previous mayor, were notified they are being investigated.

Alemanno, a former neo-fascist street fighter, informed his Brothers of Italy party Wednesday that he was suspending himself from various posts while he tries to establish his innocence.

Phone conversations intercepted by police reveal local criminal bosses seeking to cement ties with city politicians over lucrative public contracts. Patronage scandals dogged Alemanno, who was defeated for re-election in 2013. Those arrested include Massimo Carminati, an alleged far-right domestic terrorist in the 1970s.