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Prosecutors seek 20-month sentence for Puglia governor

Vendola accused of abuse of office, illegal favors

25 October, 14:32
Prosecutors seek 20-month sentence for Puglia governor

(ANSA) - Bari, October 25 - Prosecutors in southern Italy on Thursday said Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola should spend 20 months in prison for alleged corruption and abuse of office.

Vendola, leader of the leftwing Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party, is suspected of unlawfully appointing a local chief of surgeons, Paolo Sardelli, at Bari's San Paolo hospital in 2010.

Vendola has denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors requested the same sentence for Lea Cosentino, the former head of the health board in Bari whom Vendola fired in 2010 after she was placed under house arrest during a graft investigation.

Vendola has said the case against him is based solely on testimony from Cosentino.

"She is accusing me due to her strong resentment," he says.