The Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office closed the preliminary investigations on the “smock case”, in which the president of the Lombardy Region is involved Attilio Fontana, together with four other people, including his brother-in-law Andrea Dini, owner of the Dama company, and Filippo Bongiovanni, the former general manager of the regional purchasing center Aria. The prosecutors accuse them of having implemented a “fraud”, with “artifices agreed and implemented in order to protect the political image of President Fontana, once the conflict of interest arising from kinship relations with” emerged. Dini. To do so – according to the owners of the investigations, Nicola Filippini, Luigi Furno and Carlo Scalas – the five suspects attempted to “simulate the existence of a donation contract in place of the one actually stipulated for a costly supply”.
“I am very embittered by the moral and political issues that emerge from this story and which represent exactly the opposite of the truth”, declares the president of the Lombardy Region in a note in which he comments on the closure of the investigation. “The truth is another. I acted in such a way that the Region would not suffer damage and for this reason I wanted to restore the donation procedure “, explains Fontana, reiterating that he” always said why I moved in that way: I did not want the Region to have an outlay for devices which I always thought were the object of a donation “.
“There was no pre-ordered procedure on my part”, continues the note. “It is true that I favored the donation, but in a virtuous way, not because it was pre-ordered. There was no pre-ordered procedure on my part” , Fontana assures, explaining that he “never entered into business matters of my brother-in-law’s company. My subsequent interest had the sole objective of avoiding that the Region had to face an outlay to a family member.” “I will demonstrate that that theory it is completely wrong and represents the opposite of the truth of the facts ”, concludes the president of Lombardy.
“The charge is totally imaginative from the point of view of the conduct attributed” to the president of the Lombardy Region, according to his lawyer Jacopo Pensa. “We could have expected this phase, which was almost physiological, but President Fontana does not recognize himself in what they attributed to him, both from the point of view of conduct and from the point of view of intentions,” the lawyer told Adnkronos. emphasizing that “what is written in the indictment is not true. The fact that he preordained the donation in cahoots with the others is just an invented thing, now we will see by whom “. Pensa says he is curious to “see where this conviction of the prosecutors can be drawn from: if there is someone who has said it, he has told lies; if there is someone who has made accusations, I could also imagine that there is someone who has spoken in a desperate way recklessly ”.
The defender says he is sorry for what emerged from the closure of the investigation, because – he explains “it means that they studied him at the table with an accusatory slant that is independent of any other evaluation. They attributed intentions to him. That he even agreed in advance not to complete the procedure for entrusting the supply of gowns, I don’t know how they invented it ”. The lawyer admits that Fontana “had the onerous supply transformed into a donated supply”, but stresses that by doing so “he avoided damage to the Region and caused it to his brother-in-law if anything”.