Statute of limitations scuppers Penati corruption case

Judge rules graft probe timed out

Statute of limitations scuppers Penati corruption case

Milan, May 22 - A judge on Wednesday lifted graft and extortion charges against ex-president of the provincial government of Milan, Filippo Penati, ruling that the events in question had passed the statute of limitations. Penati was placed under investigation in July 2011 in connection with alleged kickbacks at the former industrial hub of Sesto San Giovanni just north of Milan, a rustbelt town that has been revamped in recent years. That probe also involved suspected bribes on various highway projects. Penati, who is hoping to clear his name, protested to the ruling which took place in Monza, a city just north of Milan, on Wednesday. "As announced, within the next few days I will appeal to the (supreme) Court of Cassation to cancel the statute of limitations ruling, which the prosecutors wanted, for events that happened 13 years ago," said Penati. Penati is the former political adviser of the leader of Italy's largest centre-left group, Pier Luigi Bersani of the Democratic Party.

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