Thursday, September 01, 2011

Perugia Prosecutors In Italian News Daily For Formidable Investigations Into National Government

Posted by Peter Quennell

The apartment one down from the top in the above shot belongs to Claudio Scola.

Very expensive property. It has a prize view of Rome’s colosseum especially (image at bottom) at night. Up to a couple of months ago Claudio Scola (first image below) was the economic development minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s hard-pressed national Italian government.

He then had to resign.

He is under investigation for apparently accepting major renovations to that apartment as a freebie after he purchased it several years ago. Various parties on the giving end of this seeming large bribe for political favors are being investigated. The one most in the Italian national news is Diego Anemone (second image below).

Perugia prosecutors were handed the case by Rome prosecutors because Rome prosecutors choose not to handle cases involving national parliamentarians. They prefer that political investigations do not get slimed, demonized, or otherwise leaned-upon.

This is not something that ever seems to bother the formidable Perugia prosecutors, who have a good national reputation for never blinking.

The Claudio Scola case is tangentially connected to their ongoing investigations into political bribes at the national level for construction contracts related to the 2006 winter Olympics and the city partly leveled in the 2010 earthquake in the Appenine mountains.

In fact Perugia prosecutors are presently the most high-profile of those of any provincial capital in Italy. Their investigations are being reported upon almost daily in this case that could see PM Berlusconi’s grip on power relinquished.

They also have an outstanding record of non-reversals of their convictions by the Italian Supreme Court. The Knox and Sollecito defense teams are fully aware of this and have been ultra-careful never to raise questions about the prosecution.

And they have been spinning their wheels on the hard evidence. Unlikely they’d take bets on their winning the appeal. Signs are they realize they are cooked.


Thank you Peter, this report gives one the opinion that other than the prosecuters of Perugia, government there reacts to nothing but money. Too bad for the sleazy portion of the AK and RS groups that believes if they throw enough money around and have convicted felons lie they will be able to spring these two convicted murderers. Stand fast prosecution you got it right the first time around.

Posted by friar fudd on 09/01/11 at 05:23 PM | #

Thanks friar fudd. If anyone has an independent take on the defense PR strategy that has been followed here it would be interesting to read it.

I know that PR people and lawyers in New York who know the case scratch their heads at what David Marriott has been up to. He crows his head off over his hard line campaign but it’s achieved nothing so far but disaster, with the Knoxes, Mellases, Sollecitos, and Amanda herself all due in the dock for parroting it. 

Gee, thanks for nothing, Mr Marriott. Odd measures if the kid is innocent.

The first thing to get right in any effective legal and PR strategies is the opposition research. This is a very very tough “opposition” and one with no history of easy bending. A few calls could have set that straight.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 09/01/11 at 05:41 PM | #

Payments for sex? More bad news just out for Mr Berlusconi and two business people from Bari, the home town of the Sollecito family. They are Giampaola Tarantini and his wife Angela Devenuto,

Google Search turns up 49,000 hits with “Giampaola Tarantini” amd “sollecito” but of course we know there is no connection.

The hard-pressed Sollecitos already face charges for leaking evidence and for attempting to influence politicians to remove key investigators from the case.

And there is still no firm comeback either from them or from the Sollecito lawyer Giulia Bongiorno on the nasty rumors of bribes for testimony that floated around Aviello’s prison.

Again, odd measures if the kid is innocent.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 09/01/11 at 06:12 PM | #
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