Storm over Vittorio Sgarbi investigated for tax evasion: “I’m reporting everyone, I’m not resigning”


By John

“Resignation? But what is he saying! I have always done my duty, I don’t see what I should resign from.” Vittorio Sgarbi, undersecretary of culture, says this in an interview with «Il Corriere della Sera». Regarding the fees from 300 thousand euros that you would have perceived since the beginning of the year with extra political activity, “your” minister has used very harsh words, it was pointed out to the undersecretary. «The interview with Gennaro Sangiuliano – replied Sgarbi – published by Il Fatto Quotidiano is false. I report everyone. I can’t believe – he continues – what I read, because it doesn’t correspond to reality. Relations between me and the Minister of Cultural Heritage are good. He has just sent me to Bologna, as his representative, to manage the alarm about the static conditions of the Garisenda Tower.”

According to the undersecretary’s version, one of his former collaborators «at this point, hacked into my computer, scraped together information from my diary and then sent everything via email to the top of the ministry, to Palazzo Chigi and to the press. All with a ministry account. We are talking about a “crow”: should we give credibility to anyone?”. So what will he do? «I will file a complaint with the postal police», announces Sgarbi. But have you understood who the “crow” you evoke is? «Of course I know – replies the undersecretary – but now the police will take care of him. He is a person who had disappeared at work: he told us that he had been in a coma, while we later discovered that he had been arrested for a scam.”

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will evaluate the case

The Prime Minister intends to delve deeper into the issues that interest him even if he has not made any decisions at the moment. But Sangiuliano has already taken action: he took pen and paper and wrote to the Antitrust to get an opinion on the legality of the parallel activity carried out by his undersecretary. The Guarantor confirms: he received the documentation sent by the minister’s offices and “immediately began examining the documentation received”.