Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Six arrested in girolamini library theft probe


Naples, January 29 - Police on Tuesday arrested six
people over the alleged theft of antique books from the
important Girolamini library in Naples as it emerged that
Senator Marcello Dell'Utri, a former close aide of ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi, was also under investigation.
Four of the six detainees were already in custody in
connection with the probe.
They now face charges of criminal association for
embezzlement, forgery and the receipt of thousands of stolen
Dell'Utri, a senator with Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(Pdl) party, is believed to have taken possession of several of
the books and could now face charges of participation in
Investigations began in April 2012 after media reported
that around 1,500 precious books were missing from the library,
then under the direction of Marino Massimo De Caro, a former
advisor to the Cultural Heritage Ministry.
The intricate probe has allegedly revealed the existence of
an association dedicated to the systematic depletion of the
contents of the library founded in 1586 and known particularly
for its vast collection of writings on philosophy and theology.
Meanwhile searches continued across Italy to locate
numerous volumes that are still missing and which may have ended
up on the antique book market.
Earlier this month Dell'Utri was removed from the PdL's
list of candidates in upcoming general elections due to concern
within the party over the impact on consensus of criminal
proceedings against him.
He is currently facing justice in Palermo for allegedly
helping the Mafia after Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation
overturned an earlier nine-year conviction and ordered a retrial
on grounds that his legal rights had not been observed.
The chief prosecutor has asked for him to be sentenced to
seven years in jail.

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