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Lega has to repay embezzled party items

Lega Nord far right party leader Matteo Salvini address supporters during campaign rally on Piazza Duomo in Milan on February 24, 2018 a week ahead of the Italy's general election. Italy stepped up security for mass demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups across the country on February 24, 2018 as tensions rise ahead of next week's general election. Matteo Salvini, the head of The League, will attend a demonstration in Milan. The far-right group formerly known as the Northern League is part of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition, along with Brothers of Italy. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA

The Supreme Court in Rome rejected yesterday evening an application from Italy’s right-wing ruling party Lega for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini against the confiscation of 49 million euros from the party cassettes.

According to Genoese judges, this sum owes the party to the state for embezzled party documents. This confirmed a September judgment of the Genoa court.

In the wake of the scandal, the former Lega leader and party founder Umberto Bossi was sentenced in 2017 at first instance to two years and three months probation.
So far, the judiciary could only secure three million euros from the Lega funds.
Installment agreed

Bossi was charged in 2008 and 2010 fraud at the expense of the state in the amount of 40 million euros. In the course of this ruling, the Procuratorate of Genoa had blocked several bank accounts of the party, while Lega parliamentarians protested and had challenged the measure in court.

The prosecutor of Genoa has now agreed with the Lega on an installment repayment of 49 million euros, which is said to have embezzled the party. The prosecution and the Salvinis party agreed that the Lega will repay 600,000 euros a year.

The 45-year-old Salvini had taken over the leadership of the party after the scandal in 2013 and turned it into a national rights movement. Since June, the Lega with the five-star movement is in government.