Berlusconi aide Verdini indicted

Among 47 people sent to trial in bank case

(ANSA) - Florence, July 15 - Centre-right opposition party Forza Italia coordinator Denis Verdini, a close aide of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, was indicted on Tuesday in connection with the administration of the Credito Cooperativo Fiorentino (CCF) bank.
    Verdini was chairman of CCF until 2010.
    Verdini must now answer to charges of criminal association, fraudulent bankruptcy and embezzlement in relation to loans worth around 100 million euros allegedly granted to "people close" to the FI coordinator without following the necessary procedures.
    In total 47 people have been sent to trial in the case, including Forza Italia MP Massimo Parisi.
    A further 21 have been acquitted following a fast-track trial or seen the case against them dropped.
    These include Verdini's wife, Simonetta Fossombroni, and his brother Ettore.
    The first hearing has been scheduled for April 21, 2015.


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