University, Galli infectious disease specialist sent to trial for rigged competitions

The request of the Milanese prosecutors was accepted: he is accused of forgery and auction-rigging or abuse of office

The infectious disease specialist Massimo Galli was sent to trial for forgery and auction-rigging or abuse of office, for the alleged conditioning of a university competition to favor the assignment of a position as associate professor to his former collaborator Agostino Riva, who was also sent to trial. This was established today by the preliminary hearing judge Livio Cristofano, who accepted the request for indictment by the Milanese prosecutors Carlo Scalas and Eugenia Bianca Maria Baj Macario. The trial will open on December 13, before the 10th criminal section of the Milan court.

“My client firmly believes that he is innocent of the fact that he was accused of. We had very solid arguments, but evidently the judge did not appreciate them”, says the lawyer Luca Troyen, Dr. Riva’s lawyer. In particular, according to the lawyer, the challenge of auction rigging does not hold up, since “two Supreme Court rulings have stated that the rules on auction rigging are not applicable to public competitions”. Hence the alternative charge of abuse of office.