A regional president and the former boss of the port of Genoa arrested for corruption

A regional president and the former boss of the port of Genoa arrested for corruption
A regional president and the former boss of the port of Genoa arrested for corruption

Giovanni Toti, 55, spent most of his political career within Forza Italia, the party founded by Silvio Berlusconi who appointed him political advisor to his movement and with which he was elected a member of the European Parliament in 2014 In 2015, supported by the entire right, he won the election to the presidency of Liguria. He was re-elected in 2020.

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Ten people targeted

In this case, a total of ten people are targeted by the investigation, including Paolo Emilio Signorini, president until August 2023 of the Port Authority of Genoa, one of the main Italian ports. Paolo Emilio Signorini, currently CEO of the collective services company Iren, is accused of having favored the business of Aldo Spinelli in return for large sums of money, “22 luxury stays in Monte Carlo […] for a total of 42 nights” and luxury items including a Cartier bracelet worth 7,200 euros (7,031 Swiss francs)

These stays also included the possibility of playing at the casino as well as “services such as massages and aesthetic treatments”. He was also promised a job paying 300,000 euros (around 293,000 Swiss francs) per year at the end of his mandate. Matteo Cozzani, Giovanni Toti’s chief of staff and his campaign director in 2020, is also under house arrest.

Implicated for “aggravated electoral corruption”, he is suspected of having “favored the activity of […] Cosa Nostra”, the Sicilian mafia, seeking to buy the votes of some 400 Genoa residents originally from Sicily in exchange for jobs and housing.

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