The long-running “clean hands” corruption case has taken a new turn as the public prosecutor who appealed the first instance judgment on January 25, 2017, has requested the partial invalidation of this first court decision, according to local French-language newspaper Monaco-Matin.
Referring to the part of the case involving the Odeon Tower, General Counsel Pierre-Jean Gaury said that his task was difficult given the shortcomings of the enquiry.
However, he added that he has not despaired of obtaining convictions for corruption against a number of key figures, including Silvio Perlino, the offshore construction specialist and Lino Alberti, the Italian-Monegasque entrepreneur who allegedly distributed envelopes containing large amounts of cash, as well as Gerard Spinelli, the Mayor of Beausoleil.
Twelve months ago Mr Spinelli was acquitted of receiving a bribe in return for downplaying the impact of the Tower on his neighbouring commune. The developers of the Odeon Tower, the Marzocco brothers, have also escaped culpability. The police enquiry was first launched towards the end of 2009, more than eight years ago.
Just over 250 years ago, on March 19, 1768, Giuseppe Francesco Bosio was born in Monaco. Better known under the name of François-Joseph Bosio, he became a Monegasque sculptor of international renown.
At the initiative of the Department of the Interior, the Prince's Government wishes to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of this Monegasque sculptor, who in France was honoured with the title of "First Sculptor of the King", in order to better promote the cultural heritage of Monaco.
To mark this anniversary and raise awareness of the work of François-Joseph Bosio, several events are scheduled for 2018, including three episodes of the "d'Art d'Art" programme on France 2 and TV5 Monde, devoted to three works by Bosio; a commemorative stamp, with a face value of 0.95 euros, representing the sculptor and one of his major works; the striking of a commemorative coin of two euros, in the quality of Belle Epreuve, representing Bosio and one of his most famous works: The Nymph Salmacis. This coin is issued by the Museum of Stamps and Coins via its website www.mtm-monaco.mc.
The New National Museum of Monaco invited the artist Oliver Laric to produce a version based on the scanning of the original marble of La Nymphe Salmacis, held by the Museum. This work, in polyurethane resin, will be exhibited at Villa Paloma until August 26.
The exhibition "François-Joseph Bosio, Monegasque sculptor" will take place from June 14 to October 14, in the Palais Princier.