by Andrea Luparia
He risked a sentence of 4 to 12 years, but was acquitted with full formula. We are talking about CR, from Massa, 48 years old, who had been entangled in a story perhaps bigger than him. A story, attention, which has brought him none other than in contact with the world of Formula 1. We are talking about a “planet”, that of engines, constantly in the spotlight and where hundreds of millions dance. For years CR has moved from Massa to London, where he has opened some companies under English law. But he has maintained relations with both Massa and Milan, the only Italian financial center that has continuous relations with London. This is why he ended up in the crosshairs of the Milanese Public Prosecutor’s Office, in the person of Deputy Prosecutor Elio Ramondini, with the heavy accusation of international money laundering for a total sum of over 5 million euros.
But just yesterday the Court of Milan (11th section with judicial panel) acquitted him because the disputed fact does not constitute a crime. Before the verdict, however, the legal battle on the point of law was very hard. CR in Milan was defended by the lawyer Giammarco Rava, of the Court of Massa, and by the lawyer Nicolò Antonioli. A long process that he had seen, after the preliminary hearing, indicted on charges of having laundered five million euros through some companies based in London. Operating from the English capital, according to the public prosecutor, the manager from Massa would have used some Swiss and Chinese companies, for a round of invoices for non-existent operations connected to the world of sponsorships of Formula 1 and other motor racing circuits. But at the end of the duel in the courtroom, CR was completely acquitted of all charges by the panel of judges. The lawyer Giammarco Rava is definitely happy. “We are extremely satisfied with the result finally obtained after a long and troubled judicial process. As claimed by these defenders, the disputed fact” does not constitute a crime “given the lack of the subjective element (willful misconduct) that characterizes the crime in dispute. Our client – concluded the Apuan lawyer – he had no awareness of the predicate crimes relating to the issuance of invoices for non-existent transactions and therefore cannot answer for such a crime with which he risked a penalty ranging from 4 to 12 years “.