The Banca Popolare di Bari has asked to be excluded as civilly responsible from the trial against its former leaders. Marco e Gianluca Jacobini, father and son respectively former president and former co-director general of the Bari bank, are accused of having falsified the financial statements and prospectuses for years, and of having hindered the supervisory activities of Bankitalia and Consob.
The bank believes that her right of defense was violated when, during the investigation, she was not summoned for the technical assessment relating to the forensic copying of the suspects’ phones. The Prosecutor did not object, considering the question legitimate. Instead, all the plaintiffs opposed, about 2,700, mainly shareholders, for whom the bank represents the main possible source of relief.
The defense of the accused, the lawyers, was also opposed Roberto Eustachio Sisto with colleagues Guido Carlo Alleva, Giorgio Perroni e Giorgio Antoci.
The Tribunal, President Marco Guida, postponed the hearing of the trial taking place in the Fiera del Levante in Bari to 5 October; at that time he will dissolve the reserve on the constitution as civil manager of the bank, which is also a civil party in the process.
“We are embittered by the attitude of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which after sharing our request to involve the Banca Popolare di Bari as civilian responsible, is now making a 360-degree turnaround, turning its back on savers and accepting the hypothesis put forward by the same bank to be excluded from the proceedings, thus making it impossible for the civil parties to have access to compensation in the event of conviction of the accused “.
The lawyer declares it in a note Corrado Canafoglia, than with colleagues Antonio Calvani, Valentina Greco e Ennio Cerio it represents for the UNC (National Consumers Union) the defense board of 230 zero shareholders.
“Now – they conclude – we are confident that the judicial panel will reject this singular request, because in the event of acceptance it would be a real slap in the face to the detriment of the plaintiffs. It would be a record: for the first time a bank would not participate in a process that concerns the person who administered it “.