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    Former Italian Defence Minister Mario Tanassi has been released from prison. He has served six?

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    Former Italian Defence Minister Mario Tanassi has been released from prison. He has served six months of a sentence of two years and four months for corruption in the Lockheed bribes scandal.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tanassi served his sentence is the Rebbibia prison in Rome. The Rome Magistracy, Italy's equivalent of a parole board, ordered his release because of what it called his repentance.

    Mr. Tanassi left the prison in the company of his lawyers and was immediately surrounded by newsmen. He says he will give up politics and devote himself to social causes, including writing a book about alternative energy sources for Italy. Mr. Tanassi was stripped of his parliamentary seat after his conviction in March on charges of accepting bribes from the United States Lockheed Aircraft Company. Aged 63, he was five times a cabinet minister and the first jailed in post-World War Two Italy.

    The charges related to the sale of 14 Hercules C-130 transport aircraft to Italy. Also to be freed is lawyer Ovidio Lefebvre, one of two brothers jailed on corruption charges. They were Lockheed's Italian representatives at the time of the sales negotiations. One of the brothers, who fled to Brazil, had to be extradited and is not being released. Tanassi appealed to the crowding reporters to let him go home to him family.

    Mr. Tanassi must reports regularly to the police.

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