Monza. Defamation, president anti-mafia Observatory acquitted
For his book Briàngheta, Mr Marco Fraceti was sued by Mr Anton Giulio Rognoni, former manager of Infrastrutture Lombarde, and then arrested for procurement at the Milan Expo
Acquitted because the crime was not committed. It was concluded in Monza the trial for libel against Mr Marco Fraceti, the author of Briàngheta, a book-report on the Mafia in Brianza region.
Mr Fraceti, president of the anti-mafia Observatory “Peppino Impastato”, was sued in 2013 by Mr Anton Giulio Rognoni, then director general of Infrastrutture Lombarde, because in the book his name was tied to allegations of corruption in public procurement for the management of Villa Reale.
Then, on March 21st, Mr Rognoni was arrested for conspiracy, fraud and bid rigging in the region in relation to a series of contracts, some of which were part of the Milan Expo 2015.
The court of Monza has acquitted Mr Fraceti after four hearings, during which numerous witnesses were heard . “The crime was not committed”, stated the ruling, because Mr Fraceti has properly exercised the freedom of the press.