Trial the governor of Lombardy for fraud in public supplies. This is what the Milan prosecutor wants at the end of the investigations into the so-called smock case. The prosecutors have asked for an indictment for Attilio Fontana and 4 other people for the matter of the award by the Region of a supply, then transformed into a donation, of about half a million euros of 75 thousand gowns and other protective equipment at Checkers, the company of Andrea Dini, brother-in-law of the Northern League exponent. To sign the deed the pm Carlo Scalas e Paolo Filippini and by the adjunct Maurizio Romanelli. “The request of the Milan prosecutor is simply shameful, those who have helped their community must be thanked and not tried”, comments the secretary of the League Matteo Salvini.
In addition to Fontana, the request for trial concerns Dini (owner of Dama and brother-in-law of the Lombard governor), Filippo Bongiovanni and Carmen Schweigl, former general manager and executive of respectively Aria spa (the regional purchasing center) and, finally, Pier Attilio Superti, Deputy Secretary General of the Region. The closure of the investigation dates back to the end of last July and the suspects, who initially asked to be questioned, gave up the exam, but filed a brief. “President Fontana, deeming it a utopian event that the Prosecutor, after the notice of closure of the investigation, could change the accusatory approach following his interrogation, decided to reserve his defense for the subsequent procedural phases in front of third-party judges”, he explained. ‘lawyer Jacopo Pensa. Who now, faced with the request for indictment, comments: “Everything as it was meant to be demonstrated. There is not nothing surprising, but I have to admit I’ve never seen a donation become a crime. So far it has been a question and answer between accusation and defense, from now on we will have to deal with a judge before whom we will defend ourselves at the same level. Fontana is certain of his extraneousness to the disputed events “.
The investigation, which saw the excerpt in view of the filing of the charge in which only Dini and Bongiovanni answer for disturbed freedom in the procedure for choosing the contractor, focuses on the supply of personal protective equipment, including 75,000 gowns, to be delivered in the middle of the pandemic in spring 2020 to the Region. They were actually delivered only 50mil, as the conflict of interest emerged as Dama is the company of Fontana’s brother-in-law. For this reason the supply was transformed into a donation, with the consequence, according to the reconstruction of the investigators, that the order was not completed due to the non-delivery of a third of the material, which led the prosecutors to formulate the accusation of fraud in public supplies.