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An Italian court has sentenced 15 employees to be imprisoned for their collective absence from work

A court in the Italian city of Imperia has issued 15 convictions against civil servants, for their involvement in a case of mass absenteeism, and the convicts received prison sentences ranging from eight months to three and a half years, according to the law, according to the local newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano. .

It turned out that the issue had previous backgrounds in previous years, as investigations that began in 2015, revealed the existence of a large network of city officials who were collectively absent from work, and 43 people were investigated, and 35 of them were placed under house arrest, as reported by the proiqra website.

In 2020, 10 people were acquitted on charges of fraud, harming the state, and violating the civil service law, including a local municipal police officer who was captured by CCTV as he went to work in shorts and slippers.

In another incident, a public sector worker earlier broke the national record by being absent from work for 15 years, prompting the Italian press to describe him as the "King of Absentees".

The British newspaper The Guardian reported that police confirmed that a hospital employee continued to receive his monthly salary of 538,000 euros despite not coming to work at the Polisi Ciaccio Hospital, in Catanzaro, in Calabria since 2005.

And the report of the British newspaper, that the 67-year-old employee, faces charges of abuse of office, forgery and extortion, and 6 managers are being investigated on suspicion of playing a role in enabling him to be absent, which is prevalent in the public sector in Italy.

The report indicated that the police collected evidence from attendance and salary records, as well as witness statements from colleagues in 2005, where the man allegedly made threats against the hospital director to prevent him from submitting a disciplinary report due to his absence, and later the director retired and the man continued to be absent from work, because His presence was not checked by the director's successor or the human resources department, police said.