Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

M5S paid back over 23 mn in salaries - Di Maio (5)


Rome, February 14 - 5-Star Movement (M5S) premier
candidate Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that elected officials
for the anti-establishment group have paid over 23 million euros
into a government fund for microcredit to businesses.
He was commenting amid a furore over allegations some M5S
lawmakers had cheated over pledges to pay back part of their
Di Maio has admitted that a handful of M5S lawmakers had not
respected the internal M5S regulations on salary repayments, but
stressed they are a small minority and has vowed to get rid of
the "bad apples".
The M5S leader said later there were eight members who had
arrears and would be kicked out, having "ruled themselves out"
of the movement.
He said that the total of missing back payments was "almost
800,000 euros", rectifying earlier reports that it could have
been as much as one and a half million.
"The total is 795,000 euros," he said.
"From the checks we have made, Ivan Della Valle did not
donate around 270,000 euros, Girolamo Pisano did not donate
200,000, Maurizio Buccarella 137,000 euro, Carlo Martelli did
not donate 81,000 euros, Elisa Bulgarelli did not donate 43,000
euros, Andrea Cecconi around 28,000, Silvia Benedetti 23,000,
and Emanuele Cozzolino around 13,000 euros".
But he now said "it will be the week of M5S pride, we will
show all the bank transfers we have made".
Earlier, Di Maio said on his way out of the economy ministry,
where he has asked for a statement on the M5S back payments:
"There are 23.468 million euros in the fund, today you can
all see it".
"We'll flaunt this figure everywhere over the next few days.
"This case will be a boomerang for the parties who have
stolen from the citizens for years.
"There will be several Restitution Days during the election
Di Maio admitted that it had been mistake to trust all the
lawmakers for the anti-establishment group to respect a pledge
to pay back part of their salaries.
But he said he would remedy the situation and promised that a
list of pledge-cheats would be shown "today".
"I was wrong to trust the human being," Di Maio said.
"But there is time to fix things. These people have been
kicked out".
The back-payment-pledge furore is embarrassing for the M5S,
which prides itself on its "honesty".

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