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Shock as Cinque Terre chief arrested

(by Denis Greenan). (ANSA) - La Spezia, September 28 - The Italian environmental and tourist world went into shock Tuesday at the news that Franco Bonanini, longtime head of the world-famous Cinque Terre national park south of Genoa, had been arrested. Bonanini, 58, who helped turn the delightful enclave into a must-see stop for inter...
Shock as Cinque Terre chief arrested
(by Denis Greenan). (ANSA) - La Spezia, September 28 - The Italian environmental and tourist world went into shock Tuesday at the news that Franco Bonanini, longtime head of the world-famous Cinque Terre national park south of Genoa, had been arrested. Bonanini, 58, who helped turn the delightful enclave into a must-see stop for international visitors to Italy, is accused along with a local mayor and ten others of criminal conspiracy, fraud, abuse of office and embezzlement. "I'm shocked and amazed," said Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo, voicing the hope, like MPs from across the political spectrum, that Bonanini would be able to prove his innocence. "One can only be taken aback by this news," said former culture minister Giovanna Melandri of the opposition Democratic Party (PD), paying tribute to Bonanini's "extraordinary work" in making the Cinque Terre not only a tourist mecca but also "a model of sustainable development that is widely appreciated on an international level". The PD's pointman for the green economy, Ermete Realacci, said "I am ready to put my hand in the fire about Franco Bonanini's honesty and moral rigour". Environmental group Legambiente said it knew Bonanini as "an honest, correct, irreprehensible worker, passionate about his native land". The Italian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature said it was "disoriented" by the arrest and called the Cinque Terre "a model that has been exported to other parts of Italy and abroad".
A Facebook page sprang up in solidarity with Bonanini, who has been the park's chief since it was declared a nature reserve in 1999 and is nicknamed 'The Pharaoh' for the charisma and drive he has brought to his job. Bonanini has received Italian and international recognition for the way he put the park on the map and staunchly defended the Cinque Terre, an area of astounding natural beauty that has been listed on UNESCO's list of world natural heritage sites since 1997. In the probe opened Monday the mayor of one of the area's famously picturesque towns, Riomaggiore, Gianluca Pasini, was arrested on the same charges as Bonanini. The Riomaggiore police chief and the head of the town's technical office were also arrested in the probe. In all, eight people were taken into custody and another four placed under house arrest. Bonanini, who had a liver transplant last year, was taken to the hospital ward of Pisa's Don Bosco prison. All those probed deny wrongdoing.

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