Raffaele Lombardo

Italy Member of the European Parliament Catania
Raffaele Lombardo
President of Sicily
In office
28 April 2008 – 10 November 2012
Preceded bySalvatore Cuffaro
Succeeded byRosario Crocetta
President of Province of Catania
In office
25 May 2003 – 12 February 2008
Preceded byNello Musumeci
Succeeded byGiuseppe Castiglione
Member of the European Parliament for Italian Islands
In office
20 July 1999 – 28 April 2008
Personal details
Born (1950-10-29) 29 October 1950 (age 69)
Catania, Italy
Political partyMPA (2005–present)
Other political
DC (1972–1994)
CDC (1994–2002)
UDC (2002–2005)
ResidenceCatania, Sicily, Italy

Raffaele Lombardo Italian pronunciation: [raffaˈɛːle lomˈbardo]; (born on 29 October 1950 in Catania) is a convicted criminal, formerly an Italian politician who was President of Sicily and former Member of the European Parliament for Islands with the Movement for the Autonomies and has sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

In 2005 he split off from the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) to form the autonomist Sicilian-based Movement for Autonomy, after he had accused the UDC leadership of being too centralist. On 2008 he was elected as President of Sicily, obtaining over 65% of the regional votes and defeating Anna Finocchiaro of the Democratic Party. On 31 July 2012 he resigned from the presidency because he was under investigation for external contribution with mafia and pork-barrelling, as it appears that he had relationships with some figure of Cosa Nostra. Nevertheless, in the following elections he managed to have his 23 years old son Toti elected in the Sicilian Regional Assembly. On 19 February 2014, he was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for Mafia association.



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