Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Public funds probe for Bolzano provincial president


Bolzano, October 19 - The regional prosecutor of
Italy's Audit Court in the northern autonomous province of
Bolzano has opened an investigation into the possible misuse of
a personal fund by the Provincial President Luis Durnwalder of
the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP).
The probe began in light of reports filed concerning a
birthday party held by the leader last year.
"The fund can be used at the discretion of the president
according to criteria that he doesn't have to answer to," said
the prosecutor Robert Schuelmers.
"However it is clear that, being public money, it must be
used within the scope of his institutional activity".
Schuelmers said instead there was evidence to suggest the
fund had been used to cover personal expenses such as medical
treatments, dental check-ups and flights, "even though it seems
Durnwalder paid back part of what had been taken at the end of
each month".
Durnwalder has denied the allegations.
"I have not used a single euro of the fund for my own
private expenses," he told ANSA.
"My secretary advances the money and then the expenses are
added up and recorded at the end of each month. My private
expenses are deducted on that occasion," he said.
Should the claims turn out to be founded Durnwalder could
face charges of embezzlement.
This is just the latest in a series of investigations
involving the alleged misuse of public funds in numerous Italian
regions, including Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna.

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