He considers himself “totally unrelated” to the allegations. But, immediately after seeing the men of the Catanzaro District Anti-Mafia Directorate swoop into the house, Lorenzo Cesa he resigned as UDC secretary. Present until yesterday at the top of the center-right, the former parliamentarian now under investigation for external competition in the mafia association abandons the leadership of the party after 15 years at the helm.
While waiting to be heard by the Calabrian prosecutor and try to clarify his position, for Cesa there is only one certainty: he will not be able to resort to parliamentary immunity. The recent history of the politician born in Arcinazzo Romano 69 years ago is in fact dotted with unsuccessful candidacies: European parliamentarian until 2006, honorable in Italy until 2014 and then again MEP, Lorenzo Cesa stopped in 2018. But not before having proposed among the criticisms (after that Cosimo Mele, UDC deputy, ended up involved in a history of prostitution) the institution of a parliamentary allowance “against temptation”. A financial contribution to allow parliamentarians to move their wife and children to the capital.
Blitz in Calabria against the ‘Ndrangheta, the UDC Cesa house was searched, which resigns
by Alessia Candito
Returning to the polls, here are the débâcle. At the 2018 Politics, Cesa is one of the unelected candidates of the Nola college. In 2019 comes the second consecutive blow. At the European Union the UDC finds an agreement with Silvio Berlusconi, but his secretary, in the face of 42,229 preferences, will be the first of the non-elected.
Another story is that of the career within the party. In 2005 he obtained the leadership of the UDC succeeding Marco Follini, which celebrates his election unanimously calling him an “extraordinary human and political figure”. Cesa replies by labeling itself as “a transitional secretary”. The rest is news: he will remain in place until dawn on January 21, 2021, until his apartment in Rome is searched.
Not a first fruit. In 1992 the first investigation for abuse of office in the Municipality of Rome, when it ended up under investigation, only to be acquitted, with the then mayor Franco Carraro for a loan of 90 billion euros for the census of the capital’s real estate assets. In 1993, then, Cesa was accused of extortion: according to the prosecutor of Rome, he had collected a bribe on behalf of the then Minister of Public Works and president of Anas, Giovanni Prandini. After two days on the run, the prison. Confirmed the fact in the courtroom, Cesa however declared himself a stranger: confessed to the “political counterparts”, he repeatedly declared that the money was not intended for him. The first instance sentence of 3 years and 3 months for aggravated corruption was canceled on appeal for incompatibility: the Court of Ministers could deal with Prandini and not with Cesa. Berlusconi’s changes to the legislation put the case into statute of limitations.
Another investigation and another filing between 2006 and 2011. The prosecutor of Catanzaro accuses Cesa of having set up a 5 billion lire scam of European funds together with the executive Anas Giovambattista Papello it’s at Fabio Schettini, head secretariat of the then European Commissioner Franco Frattini. In 2010, the investigating judge seized assets of one billion lire from Cesa. Then the turnaround: for the judge, “the elements against him, while having the quality of clues, do not rise to the rank of gravity, precision and concordance such as to prove his possible involvement in the facts of the indictment and thus making it unfortunate the prognosis of sentencing in a possible trial venue “. Now below with the fourth investigation.