Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
BOLOGNA

Regional governor may face trial for misuse of public funds

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(ANSA) - Bologna, July 26 - Public prosecutors are seeking
a trial for Vasco Errani, the president of the Reggio-Emilia
region, on charges he favored his brother in a business deal
that made use of public funds.
According to prosecutors, in 2005 Errani helped his
brother, Giovanni, obtain one million euros in regional funds
used to pay for the building of a new winery in the Terremerse
cooperative, in the town of Imola.
Errani stands accused of having concealed information in
order to help the deal go through.
The investigation into the loan began in 2009, after
Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale suggested there may have
been irregularities in the issuing of the funds.
Vasco Errani - who stands accused along with two other
regional government administration officials - was first
interviewed by prosecutors one month ago, but the meeting went
unreported.
His brother was first investigated in the summer of 2010.
Responding to the accusations Thursday, Errani said, "I
will appear before the judge in full confidence and I will prove
that I committed no crime. I am certain of what I did and do as
president of the region and I never favored or acted against
anyone".
The prosecutors' actions unleashed comments from across
Italy's political spectrum, including calls for his resignation.
"If Vasco Errani is put on trial, he will have to resign,"
commented a local councilor of the Movimento 5 Stelle, an
increasingly popular fringe movement founded by Italian comic
Beppe Grillo which recently has been making electoral inroads,
including winning the mayoralty of Parma in recent, national
administrative elections.
Errani's lawyer, meanwhile, accused local prosecutors of
making a "serious mistake".
In a statement, Alessandro Gamberini said, "The request of
a trial for Vasco Errani in absence of elements that justify it
arouses surprise and bewilderment".

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