Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018

Former book prize boss convicted for embezzlement


Turin, March 22 - One of Italy's best-known
intellectuals and the former president of the prestigious
Grinzane Cavour book prize was convicted Friday for embezzlement
of public funds and sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison.
Giuliano Soria was arrested in 2009 for using around one
million euros of funds from the culture ministry and the
Piedmont region for private means.
Soria, 62, helped found the Grinzane Cavour prize in
The prize counts a number of authors among its recipients
who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, including
Wole Soyinka, Jose' Saramago, Gunter Grass, Orhan Pamuk and
Doris Lessing.
Soria was also convicted Friday for violence against his
former Mauritian valet.

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