“At present there are no elements for any dispute against the minister” Hope. But it is also true that “he did not tell truthful things.” And in any case, “dutiful investigations are underway.” In two days the prosecutor of Bergamo, Antonio Chiappani, has rekindled the controversy over the Health Department, under accusation for the management of the first phase of the coronavirus epidemic. Errors, omissions, underestimations. We will see where the papers of the investigation by the Orobic prosecutor will lead (we must wait for the trials before going unbalanced), but there are many, too many questions that the Minister of Leu should answer. We have drawn up twelve, to which are added today the sentences of the prosecutor from Bergamo: “We have revealed many inconsistencies in the words of so many people heard “. Who lied?
What is certain is that here the point appears more political than legal. And it unfolds along three directives: first, the red zone in Val Seriana, with the military ready to close Nembro and Alzano Lombardo and then inexplicably withdrawn from the Conte government of which Speranza was a leading exponent; second, the failure to apply the flu pandemic plan, which – although not updated – according to some technicians would have made it possible to develop a better response to an unknown pathogen; third, the great mystery of the file Oms on the “chaotic and creative” management of Italy, written by Francesco Zambon, quickly removed from the Organization’s website and never put back online.
On the last point, Speranza has always denied the involvement of the ministry in Geneva’s choice to withdraw the publication. The correspondence with Brusaferro, contained in the papers of the investigation, however, seems to disprove this reconstruction. And it is on this point that the prosecutors of Bergamo have found “many inconsistencies concerning the versions given by several subjects”. Ranieri Guerra, former deputy director of WHO sent to the beautiful country to act as a link between Rome and Geneva, has already been registered in the register of suspects for false statements made to prosecutors. They are in the sights of the prosecutor Silvio Brusaferro, who with War and Hope talks about the report of the “idiots of Venice”. And perhaps also others among the ministry technicians heard by the magistrates. “We have found many inconsistencies in the words of many people heard – explains Chiappani al Corriere della Sera – Now there are evaluations to be made and thousands of documents to be verified, including the transcripts of the messages exchanged ”.
The situation regarding the anti-flu pandemic is different. At the beginning, as already extensively analyzed in the Coronavirus Black Book, the attention was focused on the failure to update the document, which was held in 2006 and never retouched by the ministry technicians. Then the game moved on to its application. Within the task force, Giuseppe Ippolito at the end of January 2020 suggested using it to prepare the country for the pandemic. But the ministry decided to rewrite a brand new one from scratch, which later became famous as the “secret plan“. Why? For Hope the old one” was not enough for Covid and so we developed a specific one. “But Andrea Crisanti and other experts believe it could be useful. “The Plan is a ministerial programmatic line, it had to be applied”, says the prosecutor Chiappani according to whom “the ‘pre-pandemic’ phase was skipped and we moved with an unscheduled management of the crisis”.
To decide on any criminal charges, the prosecutor awaits Crisanti’s advice and believes that “On this every evaluation will concern the technical apparatus of our health care, not the political one”. Claudio D’Amario, former Director General of Prevention, however, believes that the choice of activate the pandemic plan was “a political decision, with the ministry and the government”. So to Hope. One certainty remains, however: in the management of the first phase of the epidemic “there was a great underestimation of the risk”, be it of a technical or political nature. Underestimation that Italy has paid with thousands of deaths.