Trial request for Piedmont governor Cota
37 councillors also implicated in spending probe16 January, 13:31
Prosecutors also requested that 37 regional councillors be sent to trial, with charges reportedly including embezzlement, fraud and illegal party funding.
Cota, a leading member of the right-wing regionalist Northern League who was elected Piedmont President in 2010, has always maintained his innocence.
"I can only say that I have always respected the law, (working) in the interest of the Piedmont region and of individual citizens," Cota said last November.
Cota's predecessor, Mercedes Bresso of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), views the situation differently.
"This is the ugliest page in the history of the regional institution, a region humiliated by a president who was elected illegally and who is now indicted for personal expenses made using public funds," she said.
Cota beat Bresso in the 2010 elections with 47.3% of the vote to her 46.9%, but last week regional administrative court of Piedmont annulled those results because of voting irregularities in Cota's favour.