POTENZA – The parent company of Forza Italia in the Basilicata Region, Francesco Piro, was arrested as part of an operation of the Dda of Potenza, conducted by the Police and Carabinieri, which concerns the Lucanian health sector. Involved politicians and administrators of the Basilicata Region. Another precautionary measure, not arrest, but – according to what has been learned – a ban on residence – was notified to the regional councilor for agriculture, Francesco Cupparo (Forza Italia). Searches are underway in the Basilicata Region and at the San Carlo di Potenza hospital, whose general manager Giuseppe Spera appears to be involved in the investigation.
Even the former councilor for health of the Basilicata Region, Rocco Leone, current regional councilor of the Brothers of Italy, is involved in the investigation coordinated by the district anti-mafia Directorate of Potenza. Against Leone the investigating judge of Potenza Salvatore Pignata has ordered the obligation of residence.
Over 100 suspects
There are over one hundred suspects in the operation of the district anti-mafia Directorate of Potenza on Lucanian health which this morning led to various precautionary measures. According to what has been learned so far, a precautionary custody order in prison was notified this morning to the Forza Italia group leader in the Basilicata Regional Council, Francesco Piro, arrested in Lagonegro (Potenza). The construction of the new hospital in Lagonegro, in the southern area of the region, would be at the center of the investigation which involves several Lucan politicians and administrators. These include the current regional councilor for agriculture, Francesco Cupparo (Forza Italia), against whom a residence ban in Potenza has been ordered and the former Lucanian councilor for health, Rocco Leone (currently regional councilor of Fratelli d’Italia) who has been notified of the residence obligation in Policoro (Matera). Among the people involved was the general director of the San Carlo di Potenza hospital, Giuseppe Spera.
The president of the Basilicata Region, Vito Bardi, did not undergo the house search as part of the investigation on the health of the Dda of Potenza, but only handed the cell phone to the investigators. It was learned from sources of the junta. The search concerns Bardi’s office, where the investigators are at the moment: the devices in use by Bardi were acquired, which would not be affected by any precautionary measures.
According to what has been learned in Potenza, Bardi would be extraneous to the part of the investigation concerning the construction of the new hospital in Lagonegro, while he would be involved in a “report” for a soldier of the Guardia di Finanza (Bardi was in the past deputy commander general of the yellow flames).
Other aspects that would concern Bardi in the investigation refer to the change in leadership of the “San Carlo” hospital in Potenza: in this context, the investigation also concerns the members of the regional council in office at the time of the events. The resolutions for the attention of the investigators would be those relating to the allotment fund.