The decision, pronounced yesterday by the president and judge rapporteur Mimma Grisafi (on the sidelines, colleagues Igor Maria Rifiorati and Anna Fasan) after three hours in the council chamber, however, passed through a partial reform of the sentence that the court of Udine had issued the ” November 8, 2018: for the legal only, the sentence was reduced from 1 year and 10 months to 1 year and 6 months of imprisonment (suspended with conditional) and the amount of compensation for damages due to each of the soldiers it was restated from 2,500 to 1,500 euros. In fact, the panel considered the second of the two disputed episodes in the charge absorbed by the first.
On the other hand, the sentence of 1 year and 6 months (also suspended with the conditional sentence) imposed by the court of first instance on the child remains unchanged, as well as the amount of 1,500 euros which in turn will have to pay to the financiers, all of the tenence of Palmanova and formed a civil party with the lawyer Enrica Lucchin. The deputy attorney general, Luigi Leghissa, had also concluded the discussion by asking for confirmation of the sentences. The defenders, lawyers Massimo Cescutti (for Santo) and Francesca Tutino (for his brother Simone) had instead insisted on acquittal, reiterating what they argued in the first instance. In other words, both defendants “had limited themselves to reporting the anomalous behavior of the military.”
At the center of the legal matter, the tax audit carried out by the Guardia di Finanza at the law firm in via Vittorio Veneto on 9 October 2013, and the complaints that followed to the Public Prosecutor of Udine and the Military Prosecutor of Verona to report what the defendants described as an “abusive search” and “illicit removal of files stored on PCs”. Accusations that the prosecutor Marco Panzeri considered formulated “despite knowing the innocent financiers and with a clear retaliatory imprint”.
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