Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Politician at center of Lazio funds scandal risks 5 years


Rome, May 20 - A Rome prosecutor on Monday
requested five years in prison for Franco Fiorito, the former
head of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL) for
the central Italian region of Lazio.
Fiorito is accused of embezzling 1.4 million euros in party
funding, and is at the centre of the corruption scandal that
brought down the previous centre-right governor Renata
Polverini's regional government late last year.
Fiorito agreed in April to return 1.09 million euros to the
Lazio regional government.
In Monday's sentencing request, the prosecutor also asked
that Fiorito be banned for life from public office.
Fiorito's sentencing is expected May 27.
Fiorito is being tried under a fast-track trial, which
allows for sentence reductions in case of conviction.
Fiorito's two ex-secretaries, Bruno Galassi and Pierluigi
Boschi, have asked to plea bargain their sentences to 16 and 14
months, respectively.
They are accused of conspiracy.
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.

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