Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Former PdL leader in Lazio region released to house arrest


Rome, December 27 - The former caucus leader of
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party in Lazio
region, Franco Fiorito, was released from jail and placed under
house arrest on Thursday as he awaits trial on charges of
embezzlement and inappropriate use of electoral funds.
Fiorito was arrested on October 2 for allegedly pocketing
over 1.3 million euros in State-subsidized party funds.
Fiorito's arrest came amidst a swirl of political scandals
and criminal charges across the political spectrum but
especially involving the PdL.
Proceedings against Fiorito, who headed the PdL in Lazio
region, where the capital city of Rome is located, are scheduled
to begin March 19.
Similar charges have also been laid against Fiorito's
former chief secretary Bruno Galassi and Pier Luigi Boschi.
Fiorito was released on house arrest because there seemed
little risk that he would repeat any offence, the court said.
That contradicts a ruling earlier in December, when Italy's
highest appeals court said that Fiorito must stay in jail
because he had been caught destroying evidence.

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