The governor of the Sicily region, Rosario Crocetta, four regional managers and former governor Raffaele Lombardo are under investigation for dereliction of duty and damaging of archaeological and artistic heritage, in a probe over the poor state of the Castello Svevo in the city of Augusta. The castle was seized by the authorities after an independent association, 'Italia Nostra', reported serious structural damage at the site. According to the charges against Crocetta and the other managers, those damages are "related exclusively to the lack of maintenance and the abandonment of the site by the institutions of the Sicilian region".
Regional managers Gaetano Pennino, Rino Gigliola, Sergio Gelardi and Gesualdo Campo are those who are under investigation with Crocetta, the Siracusa prosecutor's office said. The authorities claim that "the supervision and protection of properties of great monumental relevance does not concern the owners", but rather the institutions. The Siracusa prosecutor's office also said that "the lack of intervention over the danger of collapse at the structure" poses "a serious threat to the public safety".