Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Franco Fiorito to pay Lazio region 1.09 million euros


Rome, April 18 - Disgraced centre-right politician
Franco Fiorito will return 1.09 million euros to the Lazio
regional government, his lawyer announced on Thursday.
The former Lazio caucus leader of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party is suspected of
embezzling 1.4 million euros in party funding.
"Today we have defined with the Audit Court the full
compensation which amounts to one million and ninety thousand
euros," said Fiorito's defense attorney Carlo Taormina.
The presiding judge at his preliminary hearing on Thursday
approved Fiorito's request for a fast-track trial, which allows
for sentence reductions in case of conviction.
Fiorito and two ex-secretaries, Bruno Galassi and Pierluigi
Boschi, were indicted for conspiracy at the hearing.
The scandal sparked by the alleged misappropriation of
funds by Fiorito and others led to the resignation of the PdL
governor of Lazio, Renata Polverini, late last year.
She was replaced in recent elections by Nicola Zingaretti
of the centre-left Democratic Party.
The court denied the defence's request to put Polverini on
the stand as well as a previous ex-governor of Lazio, Francesco
Storace, and Lazio Regional Council Speaker Mario Abbruzzese.
The judge on Thursday did, however, grant the defense's
request to have three Lazio regional officials testify on how
the party compensation system worked.
They are scheduled to be heard on Monday, April 22.

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