Giuseppe Scopelliti

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Giuseppe Scopelliti
Giuseppe Scopelliti in Calavecchia, Amantea.jpg
President of Calabria
In office
2010–2014
Preceded by Agazio Loiero
Personal details
Born (1966-11-21) 21 November 1966 (age 49)
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party New Centre-right (from 2013)
Other political
affiliations
Italian Social Movement (1980s-1995)
National Alliance (1995-2009)
The People of Freedom (2009-2013)

Giuseppe Scopelliti (born November 21, 1966 Reggio Calabria, Italy) is an Italian politician and a member of the Italian Social Movement (1980s-1995), the National Alliance (1995-2009), The People of Freedom (2009-2013), and the New Centre-right.

Mayor of Reggio Calabria[edit]

He was elected Mayor of Reggio Calabria in 2002. According to investigations of anti-mafia investigators in 2016, Scopelliti was elected thanks to votes from the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia-type criminal organisation in Calabria.[1]

On 9 October 2012, the Italian government decided to dissolve the city council of Reggio Calabria for infiltration by the 'Ndrangheta. The move came after some councillors were suspected of having ties to the powerful crime syndicate, under the 10-year centre-right rule of Giuseppe Scopelliti, mayor from 2002 to 2010.[2] The investigation was launched in June 2011, following the suicide of Orsola Fallara, Reggio Calabria's council financial controller, who had resigned after government inspectors discovered a €170 million deficit in the Reggio's coffers.[3]

President of Calabria[edit]

Scopelliti was elected President of Calabria in the 2010 Calabrian regional election, ousting his predecessor, incumbent President Agazio Loiero of the Democratic Party, in a landslide. He took 57.8% of the vote, while Loiero lost re-election with 32.2%. Scopelliti took office as President on March 30, 2010.

Prison sentence[edit]

He was sentenced to six years in prison, a 120,000-euro fine, and permanently banned from public office on 28 March 2014. Scopelliti was found guilty of abuse of office and misinformation while serving as mayor of Reggio Calabria (2002–2010).[4][5] He resigned as President of Calabria on April 29, 2014.[6][7]

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