Two years in prison and two years of house arrest concluded last May preceded the sentence against Aniello e Raffaele Cesaro, the entrepreneur brothers of the Forza Italia senator, Luigi Cesaro. And it is a sensational sentence: the Court of Naples North – president Francesco Chiaromonte, side judges Marina Napolitano e Luca Rossetti – li ha acquitted from the allegations of external competition in the Camorra association, to have entered into an agreement with the clan Polverino around 40 million euros of investments for the production site plan of Marano, city in the province of Naples. “Because the fact does not exist”, we read at the top of an articulated device that establishes sentences and prescriptions for other offenses. Aniello Cesaro was indeed sentenced to six years for false hypothesis. Ten and seven years, respectively, the convictions for entrepreneurs Oliviero Giannella e Antonio Di Guida, under investigation in relation to real estate transactions between the Aminei Hills and San Giovanni a Teduccio, two districts of Naples.
The trial contested a string of crimes: external competition in mafia association, money laundering, the threat and material and ideological falsehood committed by a public official. All aggravated by mafia purposes. According to the investigators, “the pact between the Camorra clan and Cesaro’s entrepreneurial brothers had been documented functional to the award of the contract through mafia intimidation and reuse of the huge economic resources coming from the illicit trafficking of the clan ”. In a context of works carried out, according to the prosecutors of the Dda of Naples and the carabinieri of the Ros, with poor quality materials and completed with bogus tests. And in the investigation the minutes of a repentant ended, Ferdinando Puca, which brought up Luigi Cesaro, claiming to have received from him in 2011 a malloppetto of 10 thousand euros to manipulate the electoral campaign of Sant’Antimo and buy votes.
With the 2017 arrests, the carabinieri had carried out a decree of seizure of real estate, shareholdings and financial relationships for a value of 70 million euros. With today’s ruling, the Court ordered the restitution of the seized warehouses to the Cesaro brothers. “After four years of pre-trial detention, two of whom in prison, the innocence of Aniello and Raffaele Cesaro is certified with respect to the infamous accusation of having come to terms with the Polverino clan. We must acknowledge that the Court did not allow itself to be influenced by the heavy and widespread climate of prejudice that, also thanks to a pounding media campaign, had come to determine against my clients. There remains the bitterness of a process characterized by a precautionary regime of unusual duration and which has produced unspeakable levels of physical and psychological suffering for my clients and which has caused enormous damage to their economic and entrepreneurial activities “, said Professor Vincenzo Maiello, defender of the Cesaro brothers together with the lawyer Michele Sanseverino.
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