Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Italian center-right denounces 'clockwork justice'

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Milan, February 13 - Italian centre-right leaders
fumed on Wednesday against "clockwork" probes hitting the
electoral campaign after a series of high profile legal woes hit
leading PdL figures and recent centre-right governance.
After Silvio Berlusconi's broadsides against "Jacobin
judges", People of Freedom (PdL) party secretary Angelino Alfano
accused judges on Wednesday of "critical conditioning of the
electoral campaign".
Alfano said Wednesday's conviction of Raffaele Fitto - a
former cabinet minister in the government of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi - on fraud related charges in Bari, was a "sentence
with an electoral imprint".
Alfano also called accusations against outgoing Lombardy
Governor Roberto Formigoni "out of this world".
On Tuesday, Milan prosecutors closed an investigation into
the Pavia-based Maugeri healthcare foundation that names
outgoing Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni (PdL) among its
suspects.
Formigoni, who denies wrongdoing, faces charges of criminal
conspiracy related to health-sector contracts and allegedly
pocketing eight million euros in gifts and benefits.
Formigoni also lashed out against the prosecutors on
Tuesday for their timing, hinting that it was politically
motivated.
"The timing of the prosecutors is, as always, very
efficient. How far is one willing to go to cover the scandal at
MPS, which risks crushing the left?" Formigoni asked, referring
to a fraud probe currently underway at lender Monte dei Paschi
di Siena, which is closely associated with Italy's left-wing
establishment.
Even PdL ally Roberto Maroni, ex-interior minister under
Berlusconi's last administration and member of the Northern
League, spoke of "clockwork justice" on Wednesday.
Maroni is running on the centre-right ticket for Lombardy
governor in the February elections.
Adding to the centre-right's legal woes, Finmeccanica CEO
Giuseppe Orsi - appointed under the centre-right's watch in 2011
- was arrested on Monday in a corruption probe of Italy's
State-owned defense and aerospace giant.
Senate leader for the left's Democratic Party (PD), Anna
Finocchiaro, reacted to the torrent of laments from centre-right
politicians saying, "Enough with accusations against the
judiciary".
Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti, who is campaigning in
national parliamentary elections, said he was convinced that
"news events can not influence the opinions of citizens".

Photo: Angelino Alfano

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