“Massimo Cuneo should not have been put on trial, the life of a respectable man was destroyed”

Court – The defense of the former Carabinieri commander accused of embezzlement speaks – The statute of limitations expired yesterday

by Silvana Cortignani

Massimo Cuneo

The lawyer Pierluigi Mancuso

The lawyer Pierluigi Mancuso

Tuscania – “This trial should not have been held, it destroyed the life of a respectable man.” This was forcefully reiterated yesterday before the panel of the Viterbo court, speaking of the former commander of the Tuscania carabinieri company Massimo Cuneo, by the lawyer Pierluigi Mancuso who, in the face of the now well-established statute of limitations, wanted to say words for the officer of the weapon ended up under house arrest in February 2015.

At the center of the trial, in addition to other complaints, are the renovation work on the barracks and the casual use of the company car. Prosecutor Flavio Serracchiani, reclassifying this last crime as embezzlement, sanctioned the expiration of the crime due to the statute of limitations, which means for the accused “neither guilty nor innocent”.

“My client is a victim, the real victim of the trial,” underlined the lawyer Emilio Lopoi for the businesswoman who provided the materials for the work. “Double damage for her. She ended up as a co-defendant and was never paid by the public administration, owner of the barracks property, with the Municipality also acting as a civil party for the damages”.

Cuneo ended up under house arrest for embezzlement, abuse of office and disclosure of official secrets. “The trial, which started with a shaky accusatory framework, today demonstrates all its groundlessness – Mancuso said loudly – ​​the criminal action that destroyed the life of a respectable man and a very capable investigator should not have been carried out”.

What ended yesterday before the panel presided over by Judge Jacopo Rocchi is the famous “two in one” trial of the former Carabinieri commander who, sensationally arrested on 11 March 2015, remained under house arrest for a few weeks for events that occurred between 2013 and 2014, resulting from the unification of two proceedings, one of which was “inherited” from the military prosecutor’s office relating to the improper use of the company car.

Silvana Cortignani

Presumption of innocence

In the Italian criminal system the presumption of innocence applies until the final sentence. Presumption of innocence which is based on article 27 of the Italian constitution according to which a person “is not considered guilty until finally convicted”.

May 29, 2024

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  2. While driving in his official car, the former Carabinieri commander skips his interrogation
  3. The 21 “suspicious transfers” of former commander Massimo Cuneo…
  4. Double trial of former commander Massimo Cuneo, hearing of 8 witnesses postponed
  5. Former commander Massimo Cuneo, to the unification of the two processes
  6. “Cuneo bis”, the trial triggered by input from the military prosecutor’s office is now underway
  7. “Tipped off about the search? Massimo Cuneo wanted to arrest the candidate’s wife”
  8. Mayor Fabio Bartolacci: “An ‘institutional courtesy’ from Captain Cuneo…”
  9. “Casual” use of the company car, flurry of witnesses against the former commander Massimo Cuneo
  10. “Casual” use of the company car, second trial for the former commander Massimo Cuneo
  11. Massive theft of jewelery from a friend’s house, sentenced to eight months and compensation of over 23 thousand euros
  12. “Look, Captain Massimo Cuneo called me…”
  13. “The public prosecutor is under investigation, we invite him to abstain”
  14. Captain Cuneo sent to trial
  15. River interrogation, Captain Cuneo defends himself
  16. Blow out of courtesy, in front of the former Carabinieri commander
  17. Paid twice, businesswoman under investigation
  18. Interrogation for Massimo Cuneo
  19. Dismissal requested for Bartolacci, Ciccioli and Tuccini
  20. Cuneo also accused of fraud and abuse of office
  21. Captain Cuneo is free again
  22. Cuneo doesn’t respond
  23. Tomorrow the interrogation of the former captain of Tuscania
  24. Cuneo case, shared finance
  25. “When it all comes out we’ll have a laugh…”
  26. The mayor, a councilor and a councilor are also under investigation
  27. “Blow” before the checks
  28. The arrested policeman is Massimo Cuneo
  29. Carabinieri officer arrested
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