Raffaele Fitto, former President of the Puglia Region, comments on the sentence of the Civil Court of Appeal of Bari, which rejected his appeal: “I am thrilled, but at the same time serene. I will appeal to the Supreme Court against a contradictory sentence, which constitutes a dangerous precedent for those who administer public affairs ”
“The Civil Court of Appeal of Bari, called to pronounce by the Criminal Cassation, following the acceptance of my appeal, has made an incredibly contradictory sentence against me, which leaves me thrilled and which I am clearly going to challenge in Cassation. Contradictory because it indisputably clarifies that there is no pecuniary damage, and that the Puglia Region – which became a civil party – had quantified and requested in over 25 million euros, but, on the other hand, it condemns me to pay for an ‘alleged damage to image’, quantified ‘equitably’ at 350 thousand euros plus revaluation and interest “, he says Raffaele Fitto, former President of the Puglia Region.
“To be clearer: according to the Court, as president of the Region, I committed a false claim that some RSAs were incomplete and not functioning, when this (evaluative) consideration is contained not in a personal decision but in a resolution of the Regional Council, shared and voted on by all the councilors and instructed and signed, before its approval, by four officials of the Department and by the councilor for branch. I therefore learn that only one person, the President, can force fifteen people, out of ‘complacency’, to sign and vote on a resolution. But then, paradoxically, he considers me extraneous to the pecuniary damage (the 25 million requested), because those who succeeded me could in self-defense have canceled the contracts with the private individual and instead not only did not do it, but even extended them. After all, even today the management of nursing homes in Puglia is not public “.
“I come, however, sentenced to compensate the Region, already a civil party, for damage to image quantified on an equitable basis and with inappropriate and offensive evaluations on my person completely unrelated to legal logic, which would certainly deserve other types of evaluations and which constitute an isolated and very dangerous precedent, rendered outside any canon of reasonableness, given that the same The Court could not identify, in my conduct (which I also reiterate was legitimate) a suitability to cause pecuniary damage to the Entity “, continues Fitto.
“Despite everything I am calm, and in this case the effort is really abnormal. I reiterate my faith in justice, as I have always done in the past while waiting for us to talk about an alleged crime of forgery for which I was acquitted in the first instance, sentenced on appeal with a statute of limitations, and subsequently sent back by the Supreme Court on appeal (this time civil) for a further evaluation which in the light of this sentence would be revived even if prescribed. With my lawyers in the next few days I will prepare the appeal to the Supreme Court to demonstrate first of all, as has already happened in the past in many other degrees of judgment, my total administrative correctness, postponing my detailed and overall political judgment on this never-ending story that has now accompanied me from over 15 years when everything will be over “.
“Finally, I fear that events of this type may push many citizens not to deal in any way with the government of public affairs, if these are the risks that can be run, even through collective resolutions”, concludes the former President of the Region Puglia.