Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

'Scourge' of corruption in Lombardy region, says court


Milan, February 21 - The "scourge" of corruption in
the Lombardy region is disconcerting and worse than it was 20
years ago, the regional public prosecutor of the Audit Court
said Thursday.
During 2012, prosecutors found a series of excessively
corrupt acts by public administrators in the region, Antonio
Caruso said in a statement as the court opened for its new
judicial year.
"The phenomenon of corruption is still alive in Italian
government and has disturbing elements of growth," he said.
Bribery and extortion are particular problems in this
"scourge" of corruption, added Caruso.
"The scourge of corruption is much more serious than it was
20 years ago, it has now nestled deep in the social fabric and
constitutes an intolerable distortion of the system".
As many as 62 regional councillors in the northern Lombardy
region have been under investigation in various probes by
prosecutors, most dealing with misuse of public funds.
These investigations follow a series of corruption probes
that led Governor Roberto Formigoni to dissolve his executive in
Formigoni is suspected of wrongdoing related to
health-sector contracts in one of those cases.
He denies any wrongdoing.

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