Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Di Pietro says his IdV party raised MPS alarm 'long ago'

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Rome, February 7 - Antonio Di Pietro, head of the
Italy of Values (IdV) party, on Thursday said his
anti-corruption party had long ago reported irregularities at
troubled Italian lender MPS in both the House and Senate
hearings and said that there are "institutional responsibilities
which must be revealed and denounced".
In an open forum held at ANSA earlier, Di Pietro spoke on
various topics, including the unfolding MPS scandal, the Italian
presidency and upcoming elections.
Answering a question on the MPS case, Di Pietro said how in
his days as a public prosecutor, when he gained fame during the
"Bribesville" scandals, bribes were paid "with cash hidden in
rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom".
Nowadays, Di Pietro said, "there is the broker who gets a
commission because he is trading and gets his royalties. But
it's always 5%, it's always a bribe" even though it has been
"cleansed" from its association with crime.
With reference to the February 24 vote, Di Pietro said he
had written to the head of the Democratic Party (PD), Pier Luigi
Bersani, to offer an alliance but never got a response.
"I made a written offer to make a left-leaning coalition,
but never got an answer from Bersani," Di Pietro said while
speaking at an ANSA forum.
Responding to another question, Di Pietro said that he
would be "very happy" to see a woman elected to Italy's
presidency.
"I would be happy to vote for a woman as president of the
Republic, but I wouldn't vote for her only because she is a
woman, rather on the basis of her personal and political history
and for the prestige she would be able to give the institution".
In Italy, the largely ceremonial president is elected every
seven years by the parliament.

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