Ottaviano Del Turco

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Ottaviano del Turco
President of Abruzzo
In office
2005–2010
Succeeded by Gianni Chiodi
Personal details
Born (1944-11-07) 7 November 1944 (age 69)
Collelongo, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Socialist (before 1994)
Labour Federation (1994-1998)
Democrats of the Left (1998-2007 )
Democratic (2007- )

Ottaviano Del Turco (born 7 November 1944) is an Italian politician.

Early life[edit]

Del Turco was born in Collelongo on 7 November 1944.[1]

Career[edit]

After a career in trade unionism in the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) Del Turco rose to the top of Bettino Craxi's Italian Socialist Party (PSI) before it was swept away in the Tangentopoli scandals of 1992-94. Del Turco was the president of the Antimafia Commission from December 1996 to May 2000. He was minister of finance in the cabinet led by the then prime minister Giuliano Amato from 2000-2001.[2]

He was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 on the Italian Democratic Socialists (SDI) ticket and sat with the Party of European Socialists group. On 20 July 2004, he was elected chair of the committee on employment and social affairs at the parliament.[3]

On 4 April 2005 he won the election as president of his native Abruzzo as candidate for centre-left coalition The Union[4] and on 1 May resigned his seat in the European Parliament to take up this post. In 2007, he left the SDI and became a member of the Democratic Party (Partito Democratico, PD) – Italy's largest opposition party. He was a member of the 45-strong national council. On 16 July 2008, he resigned as president of Abruzzo[5] and left the national council of the PD.

Controversy[edit]

On 14 July 2008, Del Turco was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a 12.8M euro fraud in the financing of the public health system of his region. He was not charged with a crime, but was suspected of corruption and criminal association, prosecutors said. He was among 10 people arrested or placed under house arrest.[2][6]

Sentencing[edit]

Del Turco was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for his involvement in the exchange of health sector bribes. He was convicted by a court in the city of Pescara on Monday 22 July 2013. The sentencing was in connection with a major 15-million-euro (USD 19-million) fraud in the financing of the public health system. In addition to the jail term, he was ordered to pay more than 3 million euros in damages and given a lifetime ban on holding public office.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ottaviano Del Turco". European Parliament. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Italian minister arrested". BBC News. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "European Parliament appoints President, Committees chairs and Commission President". CPME. 24 July 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "April 2005". Rulers. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "July 2008". Rulers. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Italian governor is held on corruption charges". International Herald Tribune. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  7. ^ http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/07/23/315166/italian-exminister-sentenced-to-jail
Political offices
Preceded by
Vincenzo Visco
Italian Minister of Finance
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Giulio Tremonti
(Minister of Economy and Finance)
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Legislatures
XII

1994 - 1996
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Senate
Legislatures
XIII, XIV

1996 - 2004
Succeeded by
Title jointly held