Italy: 2015 Milan Expo will go on despite scandal

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MILAN (AP) — Italy's premier says work on the 2015 World Expo in Milan will continue despite a corruption scandal that echoes the vast 1990s "Kickback City" scandals which toppled Italy's postwar political order.

Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday that "whoever robs needs to be stopped. You don't stop the project. You stop the thieves." Renzi traveled with his anti-corruption czar to Milan to contain the political repercussions.

Milan prosecutors are probing about 180 million euros ($250 million) in building contracts awarded for Expo 2015, which is expected to inject millions into Milan's economy. They have ordered the arrest of the event's construction manager.

Two others arrested on suspicion of corruption include former politicians accused of being middlemen for infrastructure dealings who had been jailed previously during earlier anti-corruption probes.