Ex-top officials facing possible trial in procurement probe

Charges include criminal association, fraud, abuse of office

(ANSA) - Rome, November 6 - Former top-ranking officials including the ex-chairman of Italy's public contracts oversight authority Giuseppe Brienza and former president of the state audit court Luigi Giampaolino are among 86 people facing possible trial in connection with the issuing of false certificates for the purposes of participating in public tender competitions, judicial sources said Thursday. Other suspects include MP Angelo D'Agostino, a member of the small centrist Civic Choice party founded by ex-premier Mario Monti.
    Rome prosecutors closed their investigation on Thursday and are now expected to make a formal request for the suspects to be committed to trial on a variety of charges including criminal association, corruption, fraud and abuse of office. The probe focused on so-called Certification of public procurement companies (SOA) tasked with screening companies for eligibility to participate in public procurement processes.
   

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