Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
BARI

Puglia governor cleared of abuse of office charge

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© ANSA

Bari, October 31 - Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola
was cleared of a charge of abuse of office by a court in this
southern Italian city on Wednesday.
Prosecutors had requested a 20-month prison sentence for
Vendola for the allegedly unlawfully appointment of a local
chief of surgeons, Paolo Sardelli, at Bari's San Paolo hospital
in 2010.
"I'm happy," a tearful Vendola, the leader of the leftwing
Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party, told ANSA after the ruling was
announced.
"I'm a good person and (being involved in this probe) was a
bitter pill for me to swallow".
The openly gay Vendola is running in the primaries to
choose the centre-left coalition's candidate to be premier at
next year's national elections, along with Pier Luigi Bersani,
the leader of the main centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
The PD's 37-year-old mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, is
also running in the primaries.
Vendola had said he would quit politics if he were
convicted.
Lea Cosentino, the former head of the health board in Bari
whom Vendola fired in 2010 after she was placed under house
arrest during a graft investigation, was also acquitted of abuse
of office.
Vendola had said the case against him was based solely on
testimony from Cosentino.
"She is accusing me due to her strong resentment," he said.

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