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Three Italians Held in EU Corruption Probe

Belgian prosecutors say three Italian nationals, including two European Union employees, have been charged in a multi-million-dollar real estate corruption probe.

Prosecutors in Brussels say evidence shows the three men, whose names were not disclosed, were linked to bribes related to bidding on housing and security systems used by European Union officials working in non-EU countries.

A prosecution spokesman says the suspects were charged with forgery, corruption and fraud.

As part of the probe, more than 150 police carried out raids Tuesday on about 30 properties in Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg.

A European Commission spokesman, Johannes Laitenberger, said the EU executive arm had triggered the investigation and is continuing to assist police. Authorities say the probe leading to Tuesday's raids began in 2004.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.