Italy – Political Corruption and Incompetence: Berlusconi sleeps with underage prostitutes, emblazes millions of Euro’s, and ruins Italy, etc., gets a slap on the wrist. While, Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni (NATO) saves a pregnant cat and is court-marshaled (2013-14).

Italy - Political Corruption and Incompetence: Berlusconi sleeps with underage prostitutes, emblazes millions of Euro’s, and ruins Italy, etc., gets a slap on the wrist. While, Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni (NATO) saves a pregnant cat and is court-marshaled (2013-14).

Italy – Political Corruption and Incompetence: Berlusconi sleeps with underage prostitutes, emblazes millions of Euro’s, and ruins Italy, etc., gets a slap on the wrist. While, Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni (NATO) saves a pregnant cat and is court-marshaled (2013-14).

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NOTA: di Barbara Balanzoni | FACEBOOK (07|11|2014), “…un altro esempio di come siamo riusciti a tagliarci le gambe con la motosega. Thanks to Martin G. Conde (USA) (il link contiene un po’ di articoli di stampa italiana e non). Grazia Procura militare di Roma!”

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Rome, Italy (11|2014). The Italian government and a Italian Military commission in Rome, Italy has charged Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni (medical-specialist) with criminal charges of disobedience & gross insubordination following a review of her (required professional) activates of saving the life of a pregnant cat during her military service as a medical-specialist while serving with the Italian Army earlier last year during her military service with NATO in Kosovo in 2013.

According to Dr. Balanzoni (now a civilian and working in the medical field) in Tuscany, Italy; although technically she was earlier acquired of the charges relating to her efforts of saving the pregnant cat life, she was recently presented with official Italian Military documents that state that she may face other criminal charges of disobedience & gross insubordination [See English news below].

s.v.,

– Barbara Balanzoni | FACEBOOK (07 Nov. 2014) = “Siamo alla follia : sono stata processata per disobbedienza per aver salvato un gatto quando avevo ricevuto l ‘ ordine di provvedere agli animali . Leggete : è palesemente illogico qualificare disobbedienza quello che era un DOVEROSO ADEMPIMENTO !!! Salvare la gatta era mio dovere !!!!!!!!!!!!!”

https://www.facebook.com/barbara.balanzoni?fref=nf

– Barbara Balanzoni & [Italia] Comunita’ Militare | FACEBOOK (07 Nov. 2014) =

https://www.facebook.com/ComunitaMilitare?fref=photo

– CRONACA, Tenente Balanzoni e l’onore ritrovato: di militari, gatti, cani e altro di Toni De Marchi | Il Fatto Quotidiano  (5 febbraio 2014).

http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2014/02/05/tenente-balanzoni-e-lonore-ritrovato-di-militari-gatti-cani-e-altro/870018/

– ERA IL MEDICO DELLA BASE. NON AVREBBE OBBEDITO ALL’ORDINE DI NON AVVICINARE ANIMALI

Aiutò una gatta, processo all’ufficiale Barbara Sottoposta a un anno di indagini e interrogatori . «Rischiava la vita per le difficoltà del parto. Come potevo abbandonarla?» CORRIERE DELLA SERA (22 dicembre 2013).

“Il lamento non era di un soldato ferito. Era di Agata, la gatta della base italiana in Kosovo, fra le alture di Pec. Da giorni aveva smesso di salire sul cornicione della caserma e si era ritirata nella capanna dell’area 40 a miagolare senza tregua. Doveva dare alla luce i piccoli ma era un parto molto difficile e lei, con quel verso straziante, lo stava dicendo a tutti i militari della base. La notizia giunse all’orecchio dell’ufficiale medico in servizio, il tenente Barbara Balanzoni, che accorse alla capanna e la salvò. Ebbene, per quel gesto del 10 maggio 2012 il medico riservista, una trentanovenne bolognese con la passione dei gatti, dei cani e dell’esercito, è finita indagata per oltre un anno e il 7 febbraio 2014 sarà processata davanti al Tribunale militare di Roma, al quale è stata rinviata dal gup la scorsa settimana.”

http://www.corriere.it/animali/13_dicembre_22/aiuto-gatta-processo-all-ufficiale-barbara-84d07b68-6adb-11e3-b22c-371c0c3b83cf.shtml

Since 2013, the English-language news media has reported the story of Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni (NATO), please see the following:

1). Italian reservist acquitted in cat rescue case, AP | YAHOO NEWS (07 February 2014) – ROME (AP) — An Italian military court has acquitted an Army reserve doctor of disobedience for helping a cat who had trouble delivering a litter of kittens on a military base in Kosovo in 2012.

Army medical reservist Lt. Barbara Balanzoni said after her acquittal Friday she was disciplined, and later charged, after Italian soldiers asked her to help a cat whose last kitten was stillborn. Balanzoni said the cat, which she named Agata, would have died without intervention.

She was accused of violating protocol that states animals must be tended by veterinarians. Balanzoni said none was on base.

Balanzoni’s lawyer, Aldo Areddu, said she still faces charges of defamation and insults, which he says were the result of escalating tension following the cat incident.

http://news.yahoo.com/italian-reservist-acquitted-cat-rescue-case-160353384.html

2). Italian army reservist to be prosecuted for saving cat’s life in Kosovo – Barbara Balanzoni, who saved dying cat while serving as a medical officer at a Nato base, is charged with insubordination, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (22 December 2013).

A question is to be raised in the Italian parliament over the case of an army officer who was sent for trial at a military court last week for saving the life of a dying cat.

Lieutenant Barbara Balanzoni, a reservist who has since returned to her civilian job as an anaesthetist in Tuscany, is charged with gross insubordination. She committed the alleged offence while serving as medical officer at a Nato base in Kosovo.

It is claimed that, by attending to the cat, Lt Balanzoni disregarded an order issued by her commanding officer in May 2012 forbidding troops at the base from “bringing in or having brought in wild, stray or unaccompanied animals”. She faces a minimum sentence of one year in a military penitentiary.

Lt Balanzoni told the Guardian she intervened after receiving a call to the infirmary from military personnel, alarmed by the noises the cat was making. She said the cat – later named “Agata” – normally lived on the roof of a hut.

“There are lots of cats on the base,” she said. “In theory, they are strays, but in practice they belong there.”

Lt Balanzoni said the veterinary officer was in Italy when she received the call. “Far from disobeying orders, I was following military regulations, which state that, in the absence of a vet, the medical officer should intervene.”

She said she found that the cat had been unable to deliver the last of her kittens, which was stillborn, and was certain to die. “If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected. What is more, the surviving kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public health problem.”

Lt Balanzoni’s trial is due to open in Rome on 7 February. Her case has been taken up by Italy’s oldest animal defence association, the Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali and a question to the defence minister is due to be tabled in the Senate, the upper house of the Italian legislature, when parliament reassembles after the Christmas break.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/22/italian-army-reservist-prosecuted-cat-life

3). Italian army medical officer faces jail for saving life of pregnant cat, THE INDEPENDENT U.K., (22 December 2013).

A medical officer in the Italian army is being prosecuted for saving the life of a pregnant cat while on duty at a Nato base in Kosovo.

According to the military prosecutor’s indictment, Lieutenant Barbara Balanzoni violated a written order not to “approach or be approached by wild, stray or unaccompanied animals” near the army facility known as the “Italian Village”.

Lt Balanzoni, a reservist who has since gone back to her civilian job as an anaesthetist in Tuscany, stands accused of “gross insubordination” for disobeying the order, signed by the commanding officer of the base in May 2012

If found guilty, she faces a minimum one year jail sentence.

Speaking to the Guardian, Lt Balanzoni said that at the time there were a lot of cats on the base and that while they were theoretically strays, they were treated affectionately by the troops and belonged there.

She said that on the day of the alleged incident, army personnel phoned the infirmary for help after they were concerned by the noises made by one cat, later named Agata.

Lt Balanzoni said the veterinary officer was in Italy when she received the call. “Far from disobeying orders, I was following military regulations, which state that, in the absence of a vet, the medical officer should intervene.”

She arrived to find the cat had taken refuge in an army pavilion to give birth, but got into difficulties with the final, stillborn kitten. Without help, Agata was certain to die.

“If the cat had died, the entire area would have had to be disinfected. What is more, the surviving kittens could not have been fed. So they too would have died and created an even greater public health problem,” Lt Balanzoni said.

Prosecutors say that rather than preventing a public health problem, the reservist could potentially have caused one. In the process of helping Agata, Lt Balanzoni was bitten – what she describes as “only a scratch, nothing serious” – and had to be taken to hospital in Germany to receive a rabies vaccination.

The case is set to be brought to trial on 7 February, but before then will be the subject of a question to the defence minister in the Italian parliament.

Lt Balanzoni’s cause has been taken up by Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali, Italy’s oldest animal protection agency, whose online petition has been signed by almost 10,000 people.

According to reports in Corriere Della Sera, Lt Balanzoni, 39, lives with a cat and a dog, and told the court she has one dream: “To be able to continue working for the army, an institution that I love … as much as I love cats.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italian-army-medical-officer-faces-jail-for-saving-life-of-pregnant-cat-9021944.html

Amazing Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni, should be acknowledged for her professionalism & dedication while saving a life, even if it just a cat, while serving as a member of the Italian army in Kosovo (NATO), instead she is punished for gross insubordination.

While on the other hand, if your Italy’s former Prime Minister and one of Italy’s wealthiest businessman, such as Silvio Berlusconi, who has been charged with having sex with child prostitutes, tax evasion, lying to the Italian government, ruins Italy both politically and economically, including many of his former political and business associates (have been arrested for political or other related corruption) and so on an so forth, Berlusconi only received a minor rebuke and only four-months of community service.

Yet, for former Italian Army Lieutenant Dr. Barbara Balanzoni and her saving the life of a cat, she is branded a criminal and her life ruined, thus, just another day in the Italy – where Political Corruption and Incompetence is unfortunately now is as ordinary in the daily lives of the Italians as Italian pasta and Italian wine.

Thank you

Martin G. Conde

Washington DC, USA

(07|11|2014).

Note: A special thank you to Ms.  Balanzoni for sharing her story, please contact her on Facebook show her your support and please can help her fight this injustice, thank you Martin

Nota: Un ringraziamento speciale alla signora Balanzoni per condividere la sua storia, si prega di contattare la sua su Facebook il suo mostrare il vostro sostegno e per favore può aiutarla a combattere questa ingiustizia, grazie Martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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