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Genoa Bridge: Government civil party, but not against Aspi

2021-10-15T18:27:41.009Z

Preliminary hearing postponed to November pending recusal (ANSA) The government and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility have asked for a civil action in the first preliminary hearing for the collapse of the Morandi bridge. A request against all 59 defendants and the Spea company (the subsidiary that dealt with maintenance and monitoring) but not against Autostrade. A choice, according to various lawyers, linked to the agreement reached betwe



The government and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility have asked for a civil action in the first preliminary hearing for the collapse of the Morandi bridge.

A request against all 59 defendants and the Spea company (the subsidiary that dealt with maintenance and monitoring) but not against Autostrade.

A choice, according to various lawyers, linked to the agreement reached between Mims and Aspi which provides for some commitments, including the execution by the company of measures for the community for an amount of 3.4 billion and investments for 13.6 billion on the network but also for the acquisition by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti of the shares in Atlantia.

The first preliminary hearing of the investigation into the tragedy of 14 August 2018, which cost the lives of 43 people, opened with the recusal of judge Paola Faggioni by the defenders of Giovanni Castellucci and other defendants. According to the lawyers, the GUP has already expressed an opinion on the matter in the order of measures as part of the investigation on sound-absorbing barriers. For this the magistrate has postponed to November 8: the court of appeal will have to decide whether or not to accept the request and therefore whether the judge will have to be changed.

"The request for recusal by the lawyers of the five defendants subject to precautionary measures then canceled by the review court was a duty for us. The GUP had already expressed preliminary assessments" explained the lawyer Guido Carlo Alleva, lawyer of the engineer Castellucci. In the meantime, about 300 have filed the request to become a civil party: from the committee of the relatives of the victims, to the family of Giovanni Battiloro (one of the victims of the collapse), passing through the committees of displaced persons in via Porro, the workers of the warehouse Amiu next to the viaduct, the consumer associations and various non-profit organizations, CGIL, CISL and UIL, ending with the Liguria Region and the Municipality of Genoa which requested the summons of the Aspi and Spea companies and of Mims as civil managers,in case of convictions they will have to compensate. "Too high a number - underlined the lawyer Antonio Cirillo who assists the Battiloro family, referring to the requests of civil parties - and which risks destroying the process. Perhaps not all of them should be admitted and in case they should ask for damages in civil court". The choice of the presidency of the council of ministers and of MIT to constitute itself was appreciated by Egle Possetti, spokesman for the committee of relatives of the victims. "It went well. There was the surprise of the constitution of the civil party of the ministry and the government, it is excellent unexpected news. The State is at our side, it is an important act".referring to the requests of the civil parties - and which threatens to bury the process. Perhaps not all of them should be admitted and in case they should ask for damages in a civil forum ". The choice of the presidency of the council of ministers and of the MIT to be constituted was appreciated by Egle Possetti, spokesman for the committee of relatives of the victims." It went well. There was the surprise of the formation of a civil party of the ministry and the government, it is excellent unexpected news. The state is on our side, it is an important act ".referring to the requests of the civil parties - and which threatens to bury the process. Perhaps not all of them should be admitted and in case they should ask for damages in the civil forum ". The choice of the presidency of the council of ministers and of the MIT to be constituted was appreciated by Egle Possetti, spokesman for the committee of relatives of the victims." It went well. There was the surprise of the formation of a civil party of the ministry and the government, it is excellent unexpected news. The state is on our side, it is an important act ".It went well. There was the surprise of the formation of a civil party of the ministry and the government, it is excellent unexpected news. The state is on our side, it is an important act ".It went well. There was the surprise of the formation of a civil party of the ministry and the government, it is excellent unexpected news. The state is on our side, it is an important act ".

Giovanni Battiloro's father, Roberto was tranchant: "We are waiting for everything to take place quickly and for exemplary penalties". The only defendant present in the courtroom was Roberto Ferrazza, supervisor of public works for Liguria, Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. Ferrazza was 'discharged' in the courtroom by the State Attorney because they will have to assist Mims and the Government. "I come to follow all the hearings - explained the administrator - as an act of participation due. You do not live well in the face of an event in which there were 43 deaths. The event itself is very serious and I hope to demonstrate that the my work and that of my administration has been completely corrected ".

The hearing sees 59 people accused including former managers and technicians of Aspi and Spea and of the ministry.

According to the prosecutor, who coordinated the investigations of the first group of the financial police, Morandi collapsed due to negligence, due to the lack of maintenance postponed to guarantee maximum savings and to be able to have greater dividends to distribute to shareholders.

In the coming weeks, however, the other investigations born after the tragedy could be closed, namely those on dangerous sound-absorbing barriers, the one on false reports on viaducts and the one on tunnels.


Source: ansa

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