Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Bolzano provincial president in embezzlement probe


Bolzano, October 23 - The Bolzano prosecutor's
office on Tuesday opened an investigation into the president of
the autonomous province of Bolzano, Luis Durnwalder, for alleged
embezzlement in connection with his use of a personal fund.
The probe follows initial investigations by the regional
prosecutor of Italy's Audit Court into the management of the
South Tyrolean president's annual allowance of 72,000 euros in
light of reports concerning a birthday party held by the
representative of the South Tyrol People's Party (SVP) last
''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 never paid for or even advanced the money for my
personal expenses from my reserved fund,'' he told a press
conference. ''On the contrary: I advance the money for donations
and expenses out of my own pocket and am then reimbursed''.
The Bolzano probe 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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