Judge says he spent nearly a year on health-sector probe

Magistrate slams judge who wanted to base charge on news article

(ANSA) - Rome, April 30 - Milan Public Prosecutor Bruti Liberati defended Wednesday his handling of a major corruption probe into embezzlement at Milan's San Raffaele hospital, saying he spent "nearly a year" in painstaking investigation.
    Only after nearly 12 months of work on the case relating to the Pavia-based Maugeri health-care trust did investigating magistrates have "sufficient evidence to inscribe (suspects on charges of) the crime of corruption," he told the High Magistrates' Council, the disciplinary body. Former Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni and nine other people are due to stand trial next week in Milan in connection with the alleged graft. Formigoni denies wrongdoing.
   

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