In Italy, a former military officer is on trial for allegedly fraudulent and defamatory activities related to investigations into UFO and alien reports.
According to Teleunica and other Italian media, Alessandro Di Roio, lieutenant of the Carabinieri (Italian National Gendarmerie) now retired, from the municipality of Chiesa in Valmalenco, is mainly accused of having improperly received 80 euros in remuneration for overtime searching for UFOs and aliens.
It is alleged that Di Roio was not supposed to do this “work”, but did. In addition, he is also accused of “promoting a false ideology in public activities” and “continuous fraud”.
It may sound funny, but these are actually very serious charges that can lead to real jail time. Yes, literally jail time for looking for UFOs.
According to Di Royo’s lawyer, these accusations are completely ridiculous, since they have a file on how Di Royo investigated a series of UFO sightings at Chiesa in Valmalenco during his work, that this was an integral part of his work, and that the soldiers, placed under his command, took this investigation seriously.
The prosecution insists that Di Roio spent 2 hours and 40 minutes on this “fraud” and wrongly received a salary of 80 euros for it. A trifle, it seems, but there are no trifles in bureaucracy.
Di Royo is said to have diligently sent UFO investigation reports to senior management, and when asked to stop, he continued on his own initiative. Also during the forensic audit, it turned out that Di Royo himself claimed to be an eyewitness to “unusual aerial phenomena. »
This story began in 2011, when residents of Chiesa in Valmalenco began to report more and more “mysterious round objects in the sky”. Over the next two years, strange UFOs continued to appear regularly in the area, and as a result, the commander of the local Carabinieri, Lieutenant Alessandro Di Royo, became interested in this phenomenon.
He described everything in the reports and sent them to the leaders, but received nothing in response except for a notification that the reports had been safely delivered to the appropriate provincial command of the Ministry of Defense. As a result, Di Roio decided to continue sending reports there, apparently in hopes of someday getting a response.
Six years later, in 2019, Di Roio was ordered by his superiors and the Ministry of Defense to stop sending reports about UFOs and “intelligent aliens”. However, Di Royo decided it would be unfair to locals who confided in him about UFO sightings, so he decided to continue his work.
As a result, someone complained about Di Roio and an internal investigation was launched, which revealed that Di Royo included two overtime hours in his timesheet for the UFO investigation and received 80 euros for that. For this, Alessandro Di Roio was accused of spreading a false ideology and fraud against the state.
Di Royo’s attorney, Marco Della Luna, said his client is on trial only because “he simply refused to keep this documentation in his desk drawer” (i.e., he doesn’t did not cover the problem):
“For the first time, foreigners entered the criminal process. However, after two interrogations, the court acknowledged the existence of a file containing photographs and police department reports, in which both aliens and strange aircraft appear. »
According to reports from residents of Chiesa in Valmalenco, in addition to unusual flying objects, they saw “strange lights, suspicious shadows, unidentified planes, unusual figures, hominids, and so on. »
The photographs and reports of the case submitted are essential to Di Roio’s defense because they prove that he was doing a real job with real testimonies from citizens. However, the prosecution has already claimed that some of these photographs and reports are fakes, and Di Royo would have known they were, and may even have created some of them himself.
As for Di Royo himself, apart from the fact that he was immediately fired from his post when the accusations against him emerged, he also suffered a lot of mental pressure:
“They laughed at me, treated me like crazy. I went through a very difficult period, I got sick, but I can assure you that I never violated my duty and never stole anything from the state. »
The main court session in the Di Roio case took place a week ago in Verona, and the last one, for unknown reasons, was postponed to January 11, 2023.