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Suspicion of corruption in Italy – Liguria scandal comes at the wrong time for Meloni's judicial reform – News

Suspicion of corruption in Italy – Liguria scandal comes at the wrong time for Meloni's judicial reform – News


All of Italy had been watching Liguria for a week. According to investigating authorities, a corrupt network is said to have existed in the area around Genoa. This included the regional president, but also the president of the very important port authority and a major businessman working at the port. About 30 suspects in total are being investigated.

For example, a businessman, well-known in Genoa, wanted to obtain long-term concessions for shipping terminals in the port. The regional president and the head of the port authority are said to have obtained it. In return, there was plenty of money, champagne, accommodation in Monte Carlo hotels, luxury watches and prostitutes. The well-known moral image.

The reform wants to remove the crime of abuse of office

Nothing has been proven yet, but investigators have collected a lot of incriminating material. They basically tapped the suspects' phones. And this is exactly where the problem arises for the government in Rome.

The Meloni government actually wanted to make it more difficult to intercept phone calls through judicial reform and restrict the publication of intercepted conversations by the media. In addition, Meloni wants the crime of abuse of office to be abolished without replacement.

Criticism of the opposition

The leftist opposition criticizes this because it rolls out the red carpet, so to speak, for all corrupt politicians and businessmen. However, without the Genoa scandal, Meloni's judicial reform might have passed through parliament smoothly. But now it has become clear that the judiciary is needed to tap phones in order to get to the roots of the corrupt. The media must publish this matter without restrictions.

As a reminder, Italy has a long history of political influence over the judiciary. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attacked the judiciary for decades. Because he himself was an accused, he never succeeded in achieving reform that would have significantly weakened the judiciary.

Reform would help politicians in the right-wing camp

This is exactly what the Meloni government wants to do now. And just at this moment the Liguria issue explodes. If Meloni continues with her judicial reform, the impression may arise that she wants to obstruct justice, because in Liguria it concerns politicians from her right-wing camp.

If a confession is made in the near future, or more evidence or even evidence emerges, it is clear that judicial authority will be strengthened. Meloni will then have to think carefully about whether she wants to restrict their competencies, because that could seriously damage her credibility.

Franco Patel

Italy correspondent

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Franco Patel is the Italian correspondent of SRF Radio again since 2024. Previously he was foreign editor. Patel reported from Rome as Italy and Vatican correspondent from 2015 to 2021. Previously, he was responsible for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Liechtenstein as foreign editor.