Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Vendola says will resign if convicted of corruption


Bari, October 25 - Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola
said Thursday that he will resign if convicted next week of
corruption and abuse of office.
The decision in Vendola's trial has been postponed to
October 31 in a case that includes the former head of the health
board in Bari, Lea Cosentino.
"A conviction, even in relation to abetting abuse of
office, for me it would be a point of no return," said Vendola.
"It would mark my departure from public life," he said,
adding that a favourable verdict next week, however, would
uphold his "total innocence".
Earlier in the day, prosecutors in southern Italy called
for a 20-month sentence for Vendola, leader of the left-wing
Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party.
He stands accused of unlawfully appointing a local chief of
surgeons, Paolo Sardelli, at Bari's San Paolo hospital in 2010.
Prosecutors requested the same sentence for Cosentino, whom
Vendola fired in 2010 after she was placed under house arrest
during a graft investigation.
Vendola has said the case against him is based solely on
testimony from Cosentino.
"She is accusing me due to her strong resentment," he said.

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